Maternal Obsession

2008

Drama / Mystery / Thriller

183
IMDb Rating 4.8 10 344

Synopsis


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Cast

Cameron Daddo as Larry Nowack
Gwynyth Walsh as Marianne
Kim Bubbs as Joanna
Mark Camacho as Mr. Jorris
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821.67 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
94 min
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1.49 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
94 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by sddavis63 6 / 10 / 10

Surprisingly, It's Not That Bad

I stumbled upon this quite by accident - awake early one morning, flipping through TV channels and I happened to find this at the opening credits. I didn't know any of the cast, and the title (the one I saw in the listings when I checked it out was "Maternal Obsession,") seemed a bit unimaginative, perhaps giving too much away. But I decided to watch it - aside from news, what else is there at 6 in the morning? It was a pleasant surprise. Don't get me wrong. It's not a masterpiece, but it's not bad. It does rankle me by hitting on my pet peeve - a Canadian movie that has to try to pretend to be anything but Canadian by being set in the United States (in this case, Philadelphia) - but still, it's not bad. Yeah, the title gives it away. It's about an obsessed mom trying too hard (WAY too hard!) to control the life of her only daughter and prevent her from growing up and moving on. The whole "control freak" concept is a bit cliché and maybe overdone in movies, but the lack of originality is made up for by pretty decent performances by the two leads. Gwyneth Walsh was actually pretty impressive as the obsessed, unbalanced and mentally ill mom, who simply can't bear to let her daughter have any sort of life, going to extremes when necessary to break up her daughter's friendships and relationships, trying to isolate her and prevent her from ever leaving home. She captured the essential creepiness of the character well. Nicholle Tom was also pretty good as her daughter Lily, controlled by her mom's manipulations and guilt-trips, gradually becoming more and more aware of just how truly disturbed the woman is. This is moderately suspenseful, although the ending struck me as a little bit of an anti-climax. Given how these types of movies always develop, there's a sense of nervousness about poor Binky (Lily's little dog) right from the beginning of the movie that really does manage to heighten the suspense! All things considered, it's not that bad. (6/10)

Reviewed by blanche-2 7 / 10 / 10

A deeply disturbed mother tries to stop her daughter from having a life

The leggy eldest daughter on "The Nanny," Nicholle Tom, is all grown up now and "Her Only Child" in this 2008 film also starring Cameron Daddo and Gwynyth Walsh. Tom plays Lily Stanler, unlucky in love, who lives with her suffocating wreck of a mother (Walsh) who is terrified of bugs and of her daughter leaving her. She's the type of mom who makes cookies when her daughter is on a diet and wants to see a movie on Saturday night when she knows her daughter has a date that evening. When Lily meets the handsome Larry (Daddo), mom has a knife injury requiring stitches in the middle of one date, and during Lily's romantic weekend with Larry, her dog gets into the garbage back home and is possibly poisoned (I was nervous about Binky all during the movie). Add to that the fact that Lily's past relationships have ended somewhat suddenly, Mom always being there to pick up the pieces takes on new meaning - mom's the one creating the breakage to begin with. Does Lily need a sledgehammer over her head before she figures this out? Or does Binky or her new beau have to die before she gets a clue? Tune in and find out! Walsh is so obviously a whacko that it's impossible to believe her daughter would think she was even semi-normal. Still you can't help but feel sorry for the manipulated Lily character - the beautiful Tom has a sweet presence, and you just want to throttle her to get a life. Daddo, of "F/X" fame is hunky as ever. Very ordinary, very typical Lifetime movie. Lifetime rotates the same three or four plots and changes the cast - and we keep watching. Now who's crazy?

Reviewed by edwagreen 7 / 10 / 10

Her Only Child-How Could She Ignore the Actuary on the 5th Floor? ***

Fran Drescher and her "Nanny" family needed to be called in to deal with this mother. Nicolle Tom, the grown-up daughter of Max Scheffield, of Nanny fame, has become an adult and what a part she has landed. Her pill-addicted mom wants to make sure that her daughter stays with her always and will do anything to destroy her relationship with men including getting the guys beaten up, poisoning a dog, cutting herself intentionally and bringing a gun to her latest beau. Obviously, this mother, who was abandoned by her husband years before, has got problems. She is every child's nightmare. The ending brings the film down. Mom has been institutionalized and after 8 months, it appears that she is on the mend and there is talk of a discharge. With that gleam in her eye, you wonder if the psychiatrists are making a boner. Over possessive mothers should take note of what their actions can do to children.

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