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The Good Mother (2013)

After her best friend dies, a teen discovers that the girl's mother deliberately made her sick.

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Richard Gabai
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Slater ... Cheryl
Meaghan Martin ... Melanie
Patrick Fabian ... Scott
Samantha Bailey ... Hillary
Camille Cregan ... Jillian
James Eckhouse ... Dr. Cullen
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Rachel
Ron Melendez ... Will
Lesli Kay ... Janet
Deidrie Henry ... Nurse Williams
Jackie Debatin ... Brooke
Donald Sage Mackay ... Bob
Beverly D'Angelo ... Judge Kennedy
Tim Herzog ... Paramedic James
James Hyde ... Daniel
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When troubled teen Jillian is arrested and her mother is missing, she is taken in by the well-respected family of her best friend, Melanie. She starts to rebuild her life, but when Melanie dies after a long illness, Jillian discovers that Melanie's mom might not be "The Good Mother" we think she is. Now her younger sibling is starting to have similar symptoms and Jillian must fight to find out the truth, save the life of the young child, and face the fact that the only mother figure she has ever known just might be a murderer. Written by Anonymous

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A mother's work is never done


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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mãe Perfeita See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Melanie: [screaming] I am the best mother you ever had!
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Good Mom, Bad Mom
26 August 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Caught shoplifting, troubled teenager Camille Cregan (as Jillian Sanders) is bailed out of jail by her best friend's mother, Helen Slater (as Cheryl Jordan). A nurse on leave from her hospital, Ms. Slater asks Ms. Cregan to move in and help care for desperately ill daughter Meaghan Martin (as Melanie). Cregan's estranged mother is in rehab, so she agrees moves in with her sick friend and perfect mom. Cregan quickly becomes suspicious and begins to secretly investigate Martin's mysterious illness...

While not heralded as a biographical story, "The Good Mother" is claimed to be based on a factual condition. It's more like a disease drama than a psycho thriller. As such, it's too bad more wasn't done with the psychological problem because it doesn't ring true, here, and Slater just seems to be shouting about nothing. Cregan is lovely and impressive. There is fine direction and photography by Richard Gabai and Scott Peck, who are especially good shooting scenes in the bed and dining rooms.

***** The Good Mother (6/8/13) Richard Gabai ~ Helen Slater, Camille Cregan, Patrick Fabian, James Eckhouse


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