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Jodi Picoult's Salem Falls

"Jodi 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 along.

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 is an intriguing movie and time well spent.

More Information:

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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