The Stepfather (2009) Movie Review

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The Stepfather (2009)

2009 | PG-13 | Thriller, Mystery, Crime
101 minutes / 1h 41min

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The Stepfather Plot Synopsis:

Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?

The Stepfather (2009) Review

The Stepfather (2009) is a 1h 41 min PG-13 American horror crime-thriller film that is a remake of The Stepfather (1987) and is loosely based on murderer John List crimes. The Stepfather was shot in Los Angeles, California, USA; Santa Clarita, California, USA and Sony Pictures Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA. The movie contains intense violence, disturbing images, mature material, little suspense, murderer, family and little tension. Director Nelson McCormick (Prom Night (2008), Killing Kennedy (2013), Control Factor (2003)) did not execute this film to its full potential, and the box office gross of about $31 million against an estimated budget of $20 million shows that.

Grady Edwards (Dylan Walsh - Nip/Tuck (2003-2010), Unforgettable (2011-2016), The Lake House (2006)) changes his appearance in his bathroom by shaving his beard, dying his hair and removes his contact lenses during the opening scene. He shortly after leaves the house with his luggage and we see his wife and three children bodies. Grady met Susan Harding (Sela Ward - The Fugitive (1993), Gone Girl (2014), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Sisters (1991-1996)) while shopping in a grocery store and introduces himself as David Harris. He told Susan that he lost his family in a car accident. They got engaged six months later, and Susan’s eldest son, Michael (Penn Badgley - Easy A (2010), Gossip Girl (2007-2012), Margin Call (2011), John Tucker Must Die (2006)) returns home from military school shortly after.

Michael began being suspicious of David/Grady after he uses the wrong name for his deceased daughter and more suspicion arises including when David quits his job because he does not want to provide photo identifications. The movie progresses to showing several more murders committed by David and how he covers them up. I gave this film a five because it had terrific performances, great dialogue and was somewhat entertaining. The Stepfather is not a film I would see again and is something that made me realize that it is best if we sometimes follow our suspicions.

  • The Stepfather Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 3.92
  • IMDB: 5.6
  • MetaCritic: 3.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 1.1

About The Stepfather 2009

Title: The Stepfather
Year: 2009
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.96/5 stars from 26,801 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26,801
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The Stepfather Cast Starring: Amber Heard, Nancy Linehan Charles, Sela Ward, Sean Moran, Jason Wiles, Dylan Walsh, Jon Tenney, Braeden Lemasters, Kara Ortiz, Nicole Dupre Sobchack, Jessalyn Gilsig, Cathy Schenkelberg, David Guzzone, Penn Badgley, Amandah Reyne, Todd Cosgrove, Tracey Costello, Cheryl Anderson, Deirdre Lovejoy, Pride Grinn, Carmen Mormino, Jack Chang, Savannah Levin, Sherry Stringfield, Paige Turco, Savannah Lathem, Marcuis Harris, Nicole Michele Sobchack, Vitaliy Versace, Skyler Samuels
The Stepfather Writers: J.S. Cardone, Donald E. Westlake, Carolyn Lefcourt
The Stepfather Director: Nelson McCormick
Box Office: $29,062,561
Production: Screen Gems
Language: English, German
Country: USA