Review: The Stepfather


Just came back from a sneak preview of The Stepfather tonight and I must say I was highly disappointed. I really didn’t have any real expectations going into this movie but I hoped that it would be decent. Sadly the only good thing I have to say about this film is that I am glad I didn’t pay to see it.


In short save yourself 2 hours and just watch the trailer over and over again. If there was an Academy Award given for “Best Cutting of a Trailer”, the person who did the editing for The Stepfather would win hands down. All of the “good” scenes are featured in the trailer and the rest of the movie is a slow frustrating headache.

Even though the film is a remake there is nothing new or fresh about the plot. This is no surprise considering the same guy who wrote the equally horrible Prom Night wrote this snoozefest. (J.S. Cardone…you need to be stopped) Everything is predictable from beginning to end and the inconsistencies really kill the film. Also there were entirely to many holes in the plot and a lot of unanswered questions. I understand it’s just a movie but some aspects of the film were just completely unrealistic and outright ridiculous (i.e. the swimming pool thunderstorm scene).

As an audience member I was very involved in the movie but not in a good way. There were times when I literally wanted to scream to the heavens for someone, anyone to catch a clue throughout the entire movie. This prayer wasn’t answered until the last 10 minutes of the movie.

The writers really missed the mark on this one. They had a good formula and ruined it with trying to make it an “edge of your seat” thriller and ended up leaving the audience bored, frustrated, and unsatisfied. (At one point one lady got up and left…out of a free movie) Seriously, who is greenlighting these movies?!?

My grade: F- (don’t even waste your $1 at the Red Box)

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2 Responses to “Review: The Stepfather”

  1. Does the rating go lower than a F-?

  2. It should. I think we should go all the way to Z…

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