Three Month Reveal

Tiera Skovbye in Secrets of My Stepdaughter (2017)

When Greg Kent (Cameron Bancroft) and his wife split there was a huge and painful custody battle over his daughter Rachel (Tiera Skovbye) who ended up staying with her mum. But 3 months ago Rachel moved in with her father, her step-mother Cindy (Josie Davis) and her half sister Addy (Ali Skovbye) when her mother reportedly had a serious drug problem. Unfortunately things get messy when Cindy finds Rachel on the floor of where she works having been attacked and her best friend murdered leading to major press coverage. Whilst Cindy wants to protect Rachel from all the press and Det. Pam Cherfils' (Lucia Walters) questioning she begins to suspect that Rachel may not be as innocent as she makes out as one minute she plays victim and the next she loves the attention whilst also turning nasty towards her.

So first things first and "Secrets of My Stepdaughter", which is also known as "A Murder Upstairs", is based on a true story which I believe is the Lululemon murder. But whilst based on a true story this initially feels like a pretty routine drama although a well worked one at that. As such on a simple level we have this crime at a store where there is a murder and the detective doesn't believe the story which Rachel has given as there are inconsistencies. We also have the step mum who whilst wanting to protect her becomes suspicious due to Rachel showing there are various sides to her personality as one minute she is playing a victim and the next she turns violent. As such we quickly begin to suspect that Rachel is not what she seems and when she turns psycho it isn't much of a surprise.

Josie Davis in Secrets of My Stepdaughter (2017)

But there is another side to "Secrets of My Stepdaughter" as we have Greg who feeling like he let his daughter down when she went to live with her mum will do what ever it takes to protect her. Now as he is a businessman he on one hand will use his contacts to make things difficult for the police especially Det. Pam Cherfils as she feels that Rachel is getting away with it. But we also see how he is willing to lie to cover for her over stolen clothes as he doesn't want to let her down again but of course in doing so is doing just that. But this side also nicely leads to stress between Greg and Cindy who feels he is doing wrong by covering for her whilst Det. Cherfils also sees a chink in the family set up.

It is also worth mentioning that both Josie Davis and Cameron Bancroft deliver strong performances delivering the fear and the protectiveness of their characters. At the same time Tiera Skovbye does a really nice job of playing the volatile nature of her character with the split second violent outbursts being quite frightening. And yes the actresses playing sisters in this movie are related in real life which adds some thing to the movie as they are natural around each other.

What this all boils down to is that "Secrets of My Stepdaughter" is actually surprisingly good as there are some nice additional layers to what initially feels like a routine made for TV dramatization of a true story. It also features strong performances from the cast with a lot less of the forced sort of acting which many expect from a made for TV movie.

Movie Recommendations

Pretty Little Addict

Pretty Little Addict (2016)

When Jennifer Phillips' (Andrea Bowen) father dies it hits her hard and she ...

A Deadly Affair

A Deadly Affair (2017)

Mary (Austin Highsmith) and Charlie's (Alan Powell) marriage had become a l ...

Mommy, I Didn

Mommy, I Didn't Do It (2017)

After her brush with the law Ellen Plainview (Danica McKellar) has put hers ...

I Am Watching You

I Am Watching You (2016)

It's been 3 months since Nora Nichols (Madeline Zima) and her ex parted com ...

Fatal Defense

Fatal Defense (2017)

For single mum Arden (Ashley Scott) her priority is her daughter and so whe ...

Eyewitness

Eyewitness (2017)

It's been five years since Diana (Lindy Booth) gave evidence in court which ...

Backstabbed

Backstabbed (2016)

Shelby Wilson (Brittany Underwood) is one of many young adults who attended ...

The Wrong Roommate

The Wrong Roommate (2016)

After calling time on her relationship with her cheating ex, Mark (William ...

The Wrong Crush

The Wrong Crush (2017)

It's been two years since Amelia Cross (Victoria Konefal) was involved in a ...

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out (2017)

Thanks to her fiancé, McKenzie (Mackenzie Mauzy) is about to get a s ...

Open Marriage

Open Marriage (2017)

Whilst Ron (Tilky Jones) and Becca (Nikki Leigh) love each other their marr ...

Unwanted Guest

Unwanted Guest (2016)

With her parents away on business in Europe, college student, Amy (Kate Man ...

Her Dark Past

Her Dark Past (2016)

Alice (Anna Lise Phillips) was found in the park with a gun shot wound to t ...

Missing Daughter

Missing Daughter (2017)

After Ben (Wes Brown - Christmas Cookies) had an affair his wife, Kara (Aus ...

Hidden Truth

Hidden Truth (2016)

When Pace's (Brendan McCarthy) wife died he not only had people suspecting ...

Follow The Movie Scene

Follow The Movie Scene on Twitter Like The Movie Scene on facebook Join The Movie Scene on Gplus Subscribe to The Movie Scene's RSS