Beware the Stepfather

Holly Deveaux in Running Away (2017)

Peg (Paula Tricky) hadn't dated in many years but has found herself dating the wealthy Richard (William McNamara) who owns his own pawn business. Whilst Peg's youngest daughter Lizzie (Madison Lee Brown) is happy that her mum is happy her eldest daughter Maggie (Holly Deveaux) is not so happy as she finds Richard creepy and annoying which makes things difficult when Peg accepts Richard's marriage proposal. After they all move in to Richard's fancy home things go from bad to worse for Maggie as Richard starts perving on her and then forcing himself on her which firstly leading to her self harming and then running away. Maggie's running away forces Peg to see the truth about Richard but the question is who is going to find Maggie first.

After the usual opening scene which has someone in danger "Running Away" then takes us in to a scene which sees Paula Trickey in sexy underwear as she gets dressed. I mention this purely because this is a movie where several of the female actresses are seen in lingerie or bikinis and most of the time it feels more like a distraction tactic, buying some time till the real story starts to take shape. That real story involves the pervy Richard forcing himself on Maggie, first by watching her then blackmailing her and so on. It is frankly all pretty routine with Maggie being a bit of a bad girl anyway to contribute to the problems. The thing is that there is another side to "Running Away" with Richard's secrets which Maggie uncovers and of course we meet a guy at her school called Chip who says he can hack which of course you can guess is going to come in useful at some point.

William McNamara in Running Away (2017)

The trouble with "Running Away" is that the older characters come across as forced with no one capable of stringing a sentence together in a natural way. Whilst not the worst of these William McNamara as Richard doesn't come across as creepy he comes across as a completely over the top sleazy jerk who over emotes everything he says and does. It makes this one of those movies which not only ends up bad but due to the over the top nature of some of the characters it is also annoying. The shame of this is that the storyline of a new stepfather acting pervy has plenty of potential but in this it is destroyed by the forced acting.

What this all boils down to is that "Running Away" is almost one of those movies which entertains but more often than not for the bad things including over the top nature of the acting. But not only is some of the acting annoying it actually takes away from the storyline which had potential for being half decent.

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