Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012)   3/53/53/53/53/5


Rob Lowe in Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012)

The Fourth Wife

His friends didn't know how he did it but Drew Peterson (Rob Lowe - Too Late to Say Goodbye), a policeman, had a knack for picking up not just younger women but attractive ones at that which is how he comes to meet 19 year old Stacy (Kaley Cuoco - Hop), a hotel receptionist, who quickly falls for his charms. It leads to Drew leaving his wife, Kathleen (Cara Buono - Hulk), and moving in with Stacy who quickly becomes pregnant. But when Kathleen is found dead in a bath tub suspicion starts to mount over Drew's involvement which heightens when Stacy suddenly goes missing. But with the media surrounding his home as the search for Stacy grows, Drew almost feeds on it, enjoying his new found celebrity without a care for what anyone thinks of him.

Let me say now that when "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" started I feared this was going to be utterly terrible as the scene in which Stacy and Drew first meet and flirt was painfully over the top. To try and paint a picture of how bad this scene was I have to mention "The Big Bang Theory" as in the TV show Kaley Cuoco's character, Penny, appeared in a terrible movie called "The Killer Gorilla" and both the acting of Kelly Cuoco and Rob Lowe in the opening scenes of "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" would not have been out of place in "The Killer Gorilla".

Kaley Cuoco in Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012)

The good news is that "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" improves as we come to see how Drew's controlling and arrogant nature start to effect Stacy with him becoming violent, jealous and suspicious of her following their marriage. But where the movie really works is following Stacy's disappearance and we see how Drew feeds off of his notoriety as the media descend upon the street where he lives. It is at this point that Rob Lowe really comes in to his own and behind the unconvincing hair and moustache he brings out the almost eccentric nature of Drew who doesn't care what anyone thinks of him or the way he acts, almost seemingly going out of his way to stoke the flames of controversy by dating again. What this means is that "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" ends up less about whether Drew was involved in Stacy's disappearance but more about the character of the man himself.

What this all boils down to is that "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" is one of those made for TV dramatizations of a true crime which you need to stick with because it starts pretty poorly. But after the set-up it becomes a fascinating exploration of a character who seems almost eccentric in his actions.


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