Missed Connections (2016) is a English movie. Jessica Janos has directed this movie. Elisabeth Röhm,Jon Prescott,Julie Mond,Robert Mailhouse are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. Missed Connections (2016) is considered one of the best Drama,Thriller movie in India and around the world.
A woman is conned by a man who uses online dating ads to rob women.
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In and around Southern California's beachy Venice community, a serial killer is on the loose. This murderer favors attractive redheads. Meanwhile, red-haired widow Elisabeth Rohm (as Caroline Prati) manages a successful career as an accountant while playing single mom to blonde teenager Jessica Amlee (as Issie). While still very attractive, Ms. Rohm doesn't have much interest in dating. That's about to change. Encouraged by her daughter, Rohm reluctantly checks out an Internet dating site. She meets handsome consultant Jon Prescott (as Gavin Donato). He's extraordinarily good-looking, perfectly toned, and apparently quite wealthy. Possessing a sexy accent, Mr. Prescott also likes to cook. As if that wasn't enough, Prescott focuses his high level of sexual stamina on fulfilling his female companion's every fantasy... What could possibly go wrong? Before you answer, remember this is a "Lifetime" TV movie. We know something isn't quite right in the opening scenes, since redheads are being killed while red-haired Rohm is making her "too-good-to-be-true" Internet connection. In a sub-plot, Ms. Amlee considers losing it with sexy Tanner Stine (as Noah). Perhaps this story's greatest strength is that director Jessica Janos and her crew give us an attractive cast and nice photography (by Chris Ekstein). After lulling you to half-sleep on TV romance, the story switches into a higher gear. Dressed to arouse, mysterious Julie Mond (as Margo Fouratt) joins the cast of misconnected characters. The conclusion of "Seduced" is a mash-up of nonsensical scenes that appear to have been put together by a blind squirrel. The story ends up making absolutely no sense. *** Seduced (4/20/2016) Jessica Janos ~ Elisabeth Rohm, Jon Prescott, Julie Mond, Jessica Amlee
By now, you should know what you're getting when you start a Lifetime movie. Seduced fits the bill in many ways, but I was pleasantly surprised by the production value of a number of scenes. The plot progresses exactly as you expect it to and, as per tradition with this genre, leaves you scratching your head over a major twist with about five minutes to clean up the crazy. It's just as fun as it is frustrating and most of all, it is familiar. You either are on board from the jump, or you should wait until you're in the mood. What sets Seduced apart are a handful of beautifully shot and curated scenes between the two lead actors. The standout is a highly stylized and romantic beach scene that could have been pulled from footage of a perfume commercial or an art house short. Cinematographer Chris Ekstein perfectly captured the chemistry between the actors, and managed to deliver the film's most visually appetizing moments. In what could have been a very campy, common couple of minutes, Ekstein elevates the genre and gives us something unexpectedly beautiful. The romantic scenes are the film's strong point due to his eye; the bookstore and bathtub dates standout on a visual level. For fans of Lifetime movies (I am one myself), Seduced gives you what you came for in a package that will pleasantly surprise you from a production standpoint. Definitely worth the watch!
... having a Ferrari and painting it olive drab. Seriously, a blue eyed woman that was born in Germany, uses the German spelling of Elizabeth, and has an umlat in her name should be mandated to have blonde hair. More applicable here since the requisite bad guy has a phony eurotrash accent. Not much else to add here. Standard components are present: Lifetime Heroine (LH): Caroline, a widow with a daughter, who is not the usual rebellious teen. Lifetime Bad Guy (LBG): Gavin Lifetime Psycho (LP): Margo Dead gingers / females in jeopardy: G1 and G2 Some random observations while watching: Female in jeopardy starts off right away with a ginger woman (G1) that has been ganked laying on the floor, presumably ganked by the LP, who steals her necklace. Body count: 1. LH meets the LBG via a sketchy online ad via her daughter. Romance blossoms. LH has a sketchy boss that is possibly a crook. Apparently all women that go to work in Southern California pack a swimsuit in case they get a short-notice invite to a lifeguard tower for a picnic. The LH should have realized the LBG wearing a wifebeater is never a good sign for a relationship, but instead they go for it on his counter. The following scene should bolster sales of Lysol for use in dressing rooms. He subsequently brings out her inner "bad girl" via a series of gifts, although I'd have to call her a material girl the way she was adoring the ring while they were together. Unusual for this type of movie is that the LBG has not threatened or drugged anyone. Her common sense is completely out the window when she mentions loaning the LBG $5 million in company funds from the company where she works as an accountant. She had hid the relationship from her daughter but finally fesses up, and this brings out the rebellion in her daughter that had been missing. A co-worker tries to get some background on the LBG and finds nothing, which upsets the LH. Then we see she was not serious about ripping off the $5 mil. The relationship heads south at this point, as does the relationship with her daughter. The LH then finds out the LBG has another ginger girlfriend (plot point), the LP. They have some quality girl time and figure out he's defrauding them and hatch a plan. Even though the LH mentions calling the police, they do not. Lifetime police are generally incompetent anyway. The LH could use some tips as to covert recording of suspects as well as how to snoop on a laptop. She and the LP do some snooping on the LBG, who by now has a second ginger lined up to fleece (G2), and she writes him a check on their first date. The LP mentions having lived in Boston (plot point). The next day G2 turns up ganked in the same area as G1. Body count: 2. Regular Lifetime fans will realize that the LP breaks the pattern here, and the only evidence she has anything to do with the LP are her own statements (plot point). Did I mention it looked like she was wearing a wig? LH records the LBG again and now her and the LP go to the LAPD, who interview the LBG. The detective trips him up by speaking Italian. The LBG turns up at the LH's home and is talking to her daughter, and then drops the Italian accent. He assaults and threatens her and then leaves. The LH gets an email from the LP telling her to go to the LBG's place now. She gets there and sees signs of a struggle. In an unusual move for a LH, she calls the police. It looks like a lot of blood but no body. The missing jewelry from the ganked gingers is present. The cops bust the LBG when he shows up at the crime scene. We learn the true identity of the LBG and that he is from Boston. The news is calling the LP the LBG's third victim and the LBG a serial killer for the three dead gingers. The LH sees more messages online and goes to the LBG's place, where surprise, it is the LP! She spills the beans that she and the LBG conspired. The LP threatens the LH with a knife and the wg comes off (knew it!). One chick fight later and as the LP is strangling the LH, she finds a convenient champagne bottle neck and ganks the LP by cutting her throat. Body count: 3. The movie ends with the LH being assertive and taking over the company by blackmailing the owner, paying the employees the bonuses they had earned, and chatting with the LBG while he is in jail, knowing he is not a murderer but leaving him to that fate. Real movie score: 4/10 (higher is better). Lifetime movie score: 6/10 (higher is stupider).
After "Break-Up Nightmare" on April 30 Lifetime showed a typically ballyhooed "world premiere" of something called Seduced, set in the Los Angeles beach community (with scenes in Santa Monica and Venice Beach as well as L.A. itself), written by Brian McAuley (a name I've seen on previous Lifetime movies) and directed by Jessica Janos (a name I haven't, though judging by this work she's unlikely to advance the cause of women directors). It's also about a mother and the daughter she's raising as a single parent, though this time mom is Caroline Prati (ex-"Law and Order" Elizabeth Röhm), daughter is Issie (Jessica Amlee, who does not look much like her on-screen mom), and Caroline is single-parenting Issie not because she and Issie's dad broke up but because Issie's dad Paul died of cancer two years earlier. Caroline is a redhead (that's a significant plot point) and Issie a blonde, and when she's not dealing with Issie's problems — including a boyfriend, Noah (Tanner Stine), who dumps her when she won't have sex with him — she's the principal accountant for an Internet crowd-funding Web site called Fundercrack. Alas, the owner of Fundercrack, Jason Birch (Robert Mailhouse), is a typical asshole 1-percenter, taking the $3.7 million that was allocated for bonuses to the top staffers (including Caroline herself) and moving it into a "secret account" where he's spending it on himself, including buying a hot sports car with a six-figure price tag. What's more, the IRS is investigating Fundercrack and Jason flat-out orders Caroline to commit accounting fraud to conceal his embezzlement — and when she tells him that the only way he can avoid prosecution for tax fraud is actually to pay the bonuses he promised and told the IRS he was going to pay, he counters that the money no longer exists. While all of this is going on Caroline's daughter Issie is researching "Missed Connections" — people who might be right for each other but never meet — and has even logged onto a Web site (in Lifetime movies, as too often in real life, the Internet appears mainly as a device to make ordinary sorts of crimes considerably easier to pull off) called Missed Connections. Issie reads an ambiguous note from a man who calls himself Gavin Donati (Jon Prescott, considerably less attractive than one would think his part called for) and immediately concludes that the mystery woman he saw and is trying to attract is her mom. Mom is understandably reluctant to follow up but Issie responds for her, and for the first hour of this film Gavin and Caroline go on a series of increasingly intimate and hot dates. It's only at one point when they're taking a bath together in Gavin's oval-shaped bathtub in his palatial mansion in the Hollywood hills that we start getting an inkling of what he's really after (though, if nothing else, his rotten fake accent — he seems unable to decide whether he wants to sound English, French or Italian — has made us suspicious), when he offers Caroline an "investment opportunity" and encourages her to embezzle from her company to give him the money. Midway through the movie Caroline, who's enthralled with Gavin's rather nondescript body but so far has maintained enough good sense and moral values not to steal from her company to fund his "investments," comes to Gavin's place and meets his other girlfriend, Halle (pronounced "Halley") (Alexandria Basso), whom he started dating two months before — right around the same time he started dating Caroline. The two hatch a revenge plot to ruin Gavin and bust him for being a con artist — Halle said she'd been about to put her entire life savings into Gavin's (nonexistent) enterprises — and by the next-to-last act Gavin has been busted not only for being a con artist but for murdering Halle and two young redheaded women, and Caroline is the star of a TV documentary hailing them as the woman who had the courage to fight back against the rotter and lead to his arrest. Only writer McAuley has two surprise reversals up his sleeve in the final act, which not only blow his story's credibility but totally throw Elizabeth Röhm as an actress. It also doesn't help that director Janos is addicted to sunset shots — frame after frame of this film looks like the cover of the Eagles' album "Hotel California" (indeed, one such shot inevitably inspired me to warble a few bars of its title song) — or that, not content just to show the spectacular California sunsets, she insists on flanging them in that annoying music-video way that's got really oppressive and which Mark Quod wisely avoided in "Break-Up Nightmare." All in all, Seduced was a grandly silly movie — or rather two grandly silly movies arbitrarily spliced together — and a grim reminder of how badly the U.S. film industry's skills at doing this sort of story have deteriorated since the 1944 "Gaslight," directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer (despite his accent problems!).
I was surprised and delightfully so - by the quality of this Lifetime movie. All the basic plot stuff was there -- (and thanks to the terrific performance by Elizabeth Rohm -- it had some punch!) but the great thing was the overall look and feel. Cool shots and effects -- sharp editing -- the pacing was just right. Terrific sense of place. And, to an impressive degree, the sense that this story was taking place in a real world. A couple of the smaller roles were really well-performed, adding to that feeling of authenticity; Tanner Stine (the daughter's bf) and SerDarius Blain (her work friend, Sean) -- really nice performances. It's a fun ride. And often interesting and cool to look at.