The Wrong Daughter
After her brush with the law Ellen Plainview (Danica McKellar) has put herself through law school and is now a lawyer making sure the innocent don't go through what she went through. She is also dealing with the fact that her daughter Julie (Paige Searcy) is growing up and will be heading off to college soon. But there are more pressing issues to deal with when Julie is arrested for the murder of a teacher, Mr. Dutton (Andrew Bongiorno), with his wife claiming Julie had been having an affair with her husband and had been harassing him. With the horror of her own brush with the law coming back and having to deal with the harsh Detective Hamer (Jaleel White) once again, Ellen must find a way of saving her daughter.
A mom has to deal with her daughter being charged with murder and doing everything she can to try and save as well as protect her. Of course as she tries to help her daughter she not only learns that her daughter had been keeping secrets from her but when ever she questions her daughter it increases the tension between them as issues of trust surface as well as pent up feelings on the daughter's side. All of which is pretty standard stuff in the world of TV movies except in the case of "Mommy, I Didn't Do It" it is in fact a sequel to "The Wrong Woman" with Danica McKellar back for more as Ellen Plainview. As such we do have some continuation such as Ellen's relationship to Ben, played by Jonathan Bennett. In fact this almost feels like it isn't just a sequel but a made for TV movie which is laying some ground work to make way for more movies featuring Ellen Plainview and Ben as a crime solving duo.
The thing about "Mommy, I Didn't Do It" is that it is one of those movies which even if you are a fan of TV movies you need to be in the right mood for. The reason being that this is a movie where everyone has a tendency to over act be it Danica McKellar when as Ellen she tears witnesses apart in the courtroom or when Julie's friend shows up at their home and tells her he knows she didn't do it. It doesn't matter how much you like Danica McKellar because the over the top performances of her and others does make this at times a little groan worthy. It also means that whilst there is the mystery of who the killer was that isn't always the focus and certainly doesn't contribute to any atmosphere or tension.
What this all boils down to is that "Mommy, I Didn't Do It" is likely to appeal to those who enjoyed "The Wrong Woman" but for those who like their thrillers a little more subtle and less over the top might find this a bit groan worthy at times.