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Primetime Show Reviews
Picoult's Salem Falls"
review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, November 19, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.
The description below from Lifetime really is misleading. The
movie focuses on these three teenage girls, and one older woman. James Van Der
Beek's character is a major character, but the movie is not focused on him. A
lot of what is described below happens before the movie even starts, and we
learn about it in pieces, verbally, from the characters, as the movie goes
Because Lifetime is a channel for women, the movie is mostly about the women in
the story. The movie starts with the three teenage girls, who think they are
witches and practice witchcraft. Like most teens, they are obsessed with boys.
The main teen, Gillian, is more intense than the others. The other focus of the
movie is Addie, who runs the town's diner. Her father is a drunk, and he goes
out one night and rides his lawn mower around on the highway. Another man almost
hits him but runs off the road. This is Jack, played by James Van Der Beek.
Addie meets Jack the next day when she goes to pick up her father. One of the
town's policemen clearly has a thing for Addie, even though she's not
interested, and he doesn't like Jack much.
The teenage "witch" Gillian sees Jack at the diner and decides she's in love
with him. She also wants to leave town and figures that he's her ticket out.
While Jack is waiting to get his car fixed, he helps Addie out at the diner and
rents a room for her. Jack learns that Addie had a daughter who died, and she
sometimes acts like the little girl is still alive. They start to fall in love.
The rest of the movie is about how Gillian goes after Jack, and how Jack's past
comes out. A former teacher, he spent time in jail for molesting a teen. He
claims that he is innocent, but Addie has her doubts, and the rest of the town
wants him to leave.
It is a really interesting story with many layers and characters. The ending was
a little obvious, but everyone did a good job with the acting and everything.
There was just one little part that I didn't really understand, when they were
talking about DNA. It was confusing because it seemed like the lawyer was saying
it was Jack's DNA, but yet they then turned around and said it was Gillian's
DNA, so I found that confusing.
I would recommend the movie, despite that one confusing bit...it is an
intriguing movie and time well spent.
This month Lifetime teams up once more with acclaimed writer Jodi Picoult for
the Lifetime Original Movie based on her best-selling novel "Salem Falls"
starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek), Sarah Carter (Falling Skies) and
AJ Michalka (Hellcats, Super 8). The new original "Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls"
is set to premiere on Lifetime Saturday, November 19 at 8pm ET/PT.
In "Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls", Jack McBride (Van Der Beek), a beloved teacher
and soccer coach at an all girls' prep school, has a seemingly perfect life
until a student's crush initiates an uproar of accusations that ruins his
reputation and destroys his career. After serving eight months in jail for the
scandal, Jack leaves his once idyllic life to start over and stumbles upon the
little New England town of Salem Falls. There, he takes a job at the local diner
and is befriended by its own, Addie Peabody (Carter). Just as Jack beings to
feel whole again, a group of local girls and their ringleader (Michalka) turn
his world upside down with a shocking accusation against him, triggering a
modern day witch hunt in a town haunted by its own troubled history.
New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult has written 18 novels and
currently has more than 14 million copies of her books in print woldwide. As one
of the top selling novelists in the worl with multiple number one bestsellers in
the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and South Africa, her
books have been translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. Lifetime has
previously adapted three of her books into television movies, including "The
Pact," starring Megan Mullally; "Plain Truth," featuring Mariska Hargitay; and
"The Tenth Circle," with Kelly Preston. in 2009, Picoult's novel, "My Sister's
Keeper," was made into a feature film, directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring
Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
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