The Rival

2006

Crime / Mystery / Thriller

35
IMDb Rating 4.4 10 280

Synopsis


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Cast

Barbara Niven as Sandy Kennington
Kate Drummond as Jennifer
Linden Ashby as Travis Brewer
Neil Napier as Conrad Stallman
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784.03 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
86 min
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English 2.0
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86 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by g404c 9 / 10 / 10

Tracy Nelson in good form - major spoilers

Very similar to another excellent film titled The Night Caller (which also cast Tracy Nelson as an unstable character), The Rival delivers an excellent made-for-TV movie that premiered on Lifetime tonight. Nelson is Alice, married to George (reliable performance from Linden Ashby) and together they want to find a live-in surrogate to have their child, since Alice is unable to get pregnant. They find Jennifer (soap star Heather Tom of One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless) through a colleague of George's and all seems to be in order. But, Alice has an aunt who taunts her and tells her George will cheat on her with Jennifer. Already unstable, Alice kills her aunt and later kills her therapist (nice job from Barbara Niven) who "asked too many questions". Alice "hears" her aunt's voice even after her aunt's death and she becomes even more psychotic, prompting Jennifer and her daughter to move out. Needless to say, things get even worse. I will leave it at that. Brisk pacing and Tracy Nelson cast as Alice proved a smart mix--everything works here. Nelson chews up the scenery and it is fun to watch her. Producer Pierre David makes excellent thrillers and this one is no exception. Worth a look if you like thrillers like this. Also recommended: The Perfect Nanny, The Perfect Tenant, and The Perfect Neighbor, in addition to The Night Caller (all produced by David).

Reviewed by caa821 1 / 10 / 10

Crazy as a loon

Tracy Nelson's character is nuttier than the proverbial fruitcake. Of course, these Lifetime flicks largely rely upon a whacked-out lead character who makes others miserable, commits mayhem and murder, and provides a dark shroud which largely dominates the story. Tracy and her hubby need a surrogate, and finally find one who suits them and is willing to live in their spacious house during the nine-month pregnancy. Tracy seems to be obsessed with this live-in arrangement, and then makes everyone miserable with her jealousies, and the musings of her aunt, who is as crazy and sociopathic as she is. She offs Auntie, as well as her therapist, who becomes suspicious -- but the aunt continues to push her even further into total lunacy from the dreams and visions which appear throughout. As par for these flicks, the husband, while apparently a successful and authoritative businessman, schleps around like he has doubled his dose of downers, and as perceptively as if he possessed an IQ in two digits. All-in-all, it's hard to care an iota about any of these folks, and Tracy's paranoiac and bipolar rantings, interspersed with whiny pleadings, are about as annoying as anything ever put on film. The rest of the cast does little or nothing to lessen this annoyance. In fact, the aunt only compounds it. The only minor positive aspect in watching this flick was a minimal fascination from its awfulness overall, coupled with watching Tracy and the aunt gnaw the scenery like a bevy of hungry beavers, amidst their thoroughly laconic fellow cast members.

Reviewed by jocedeg 1 / 10 / 10

One of the worst TV movie I've ever seen !

After an assault, a pregnant woman loses her unborn baby and her soon-to-be-ex husband. Jump 7 years later: she's remarried and trying to find a surrogate mother to finally have a baby. But this woman is a total nut-case: she has visions of her murdered aunt who tells her to do very bad things. And she does. This (totally unbelievable) story of a psycho has more than one problem... I'll be brief: Bad acting from each of the unknowns cast in this poorly written story... next to zero budget... convoluted story... illogical character development... I've seen daily soaps on American TV with all that, but at least the bad actors in these soaps are kinda attractive. All in all, a totally horrible viewing experience. Skip !

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