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The Grand Son (2018)

American Pets (original title)
When Tod, a twisted young charmer's decadent Hollywood lifestyle is put into jeopardy, he hatches a diabolical plan to save it.

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Robert Logevall

Writer:

Abram Makowka
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Wakefield ... Tod
Lesley Ann Warren ... Judy
Sarah Clarke ... Barbara
Nathan Keyes ... Jacob
Danielle Campbell ... Halle
Jack Plotnick ... Suit #1
Scott Beehner ... Suit #2
David Schneider David Schneider ... Celebrity Tour Guide
Mark Bramhall ... Mechanic
Eric Henry ... Zebra Handler
Darren Dupree Washington ... Police Officer #1
Tom Sean Foley ... Police Officer #2
Brent Alan Henry ... Police Officer #2B
Gino Montesinos ... Gardener
Deyo Forteza ... Delivery Guy
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High in the hills, among the last remnants of Hollywood's golden age, Tod, 24, and his sister Lani, 22, live a breezy and charmed life in the sprawling mansion of their grandmother Judy, a former movie star now relegated to hosting a dying home shopping show. Tod's carefree and narcissistic existence takes a dark turn when he accidentally (perhaps) shoots Judy, killing her instantly. Desperate to maintain his decadent lifestyle, Tod hatches a diabolical plan to cover-up his Grandma's death, keep her show rolling, and keep the money flowing. After seducing Barb, Judy's producer, Tod convinces her to allow Lani to host the show in Judy's "absence." The ploy works, and the ratings go up. Tod kicks his cover-up into high gear - he turns his attention to Jacob (25), the mansion's handyman, who also happens to be his sister's boy toy. Jacob is the one person that can help Tod put the finishing touches on his evil opus. Surviving a long string of close shaves, Tod manages to outwit everyone,...

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Language:

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14 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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My Review Of "The Grand Son"
19 August 2018 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

"The Grand Son" has a very nouveau riche decadence, "after the light begins to die" feeling that is as captivating as it is addictive to watch. The story is well written, filled with tortured souls, devoid of empathy, and stained Americana. The characters are 'Fargo-esque, in their "not quite right behind the eyes" personas , and social impropriety. Almost avant garde.

The acting is top notch with a great cast of talent. Rhys is perfectly suited as the male lead , with equal props going to all the cast. I wish Danielle Campbell would have had a stronger presence, but other than that everything about the acting was great.

The cinematography style and choices taken, frame this modern Gothic tale strikingly. As if channeling Ryan Murphy will doing a tribute film to "Cruel Intentions". It is a slow burn drama with psychological edges. The only downside was the low tone and casual pace didn't really allow for any suspense. So the thrill is limited to the drama and downward spiral of Wakefield's character as the situation spins out of control. Still "The Grand Son" is well worth the watch- just not for the guts and gory crowd.


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