All About Tiffany
When her daughter, Brooke (Kennedy Tucker - The Wrong Student) returns from a trip abroad with her father, Mitch (Tyler Christopher), Jackie (Annie Wersching - The Surrogate) is stunned to meet Mitch's new wife, Tiffany (Kimberley Crossman). Not only did Jackie not know that Mitch was dating but that Tiffany is a lot younger than him. But it leads to Jackie struggling to deal with the situation especially when Tiffany's influence starts to cause issues between her and Brooke. The more this goes on the more Jackie finds herself questioning who Tiffany really is and what her motives are?
I think that it wasn't even the 20 minute mark when "The Other Mother", also known as "Sinister Stepmother", showed it cards and we see that Tiffany has a psychotic side to her personality, trust me don't give this young woman with a squeaky voice a meat cleaver. But at that point we can guess exactly how the rest of the movie is going to play out. Firstly we will have people saying that Jackie's suspicion of Tiffany is caused by jealousy and then we see Tiffany manipulating things and becoming increasingly devious, and of course dangerous, in the way she gets things her way.
What this means is that "The Other Mother" is not one of the most subtle made for TV movies you will ever watch but it is certainly entertaining with a lot of nice location shots. But this is also a movie which rests firmly on the shoulders of Kimberley Crossman who plays Tiffany on just the wrong side of being over the top. It means with her squeaky voice and smile, which often masks a glare, she ends up being entertainingly false. I wish I could say that the rest of the performances have some thing special about them or the storyline does but the truth is that it is Kimberley Crossman as Tiffany who commands your attention rather than anything else.
What this all boils down to is that "The Other Mother" is nothing special due to it being too open in what is going on way too soon. But thanks to an entertaining performance from Kimberley Crossman this one ends up strangely entertaining even if it all feels a bit too generic.