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The Good Mother

"The Good Mother" review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, June 8 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime

This is a very interesting movie, especially if you don't read first what it's about. It will kind of spoil it for you if you know what the "subject" is. A young troubled teen, Jillian (Camille Cregan) gets taken in by this family that she knows. Her mom is a drug addict. One of the children in the family, Melanie (Meaghan Martin) is very sick, and Jillian helps the family take care of her. Then when the girl dies, Jillian starts noticing some odd things. I don't want to go into too much detail, but you will recognize the main "illness" from watching many medical shows like ER or House.

Helen Slater stars as the dying girl's mom, Cheryl, who takes in the troubled teen. She is quite a good actress, especially since she is not supposed to give too much away at first. Let's just say, there are drastic changes and she gets to show a lot of different sides. She is a far under-rated actress and has come a long way since her days in the 80's when she was a pretty young thing! :)

There are lots of great actors in the movie, many that I recognize from the soaps. The actor who plays Scott, the dad (Patrick Fabian), has been in tons of shows. The young girls also do a great job. If you ever watched the soaps, you will recognize Matthew Ashford, who played Jack on "Days of Our Lives" until they killed him off last year (as well as many other soaps) in a very small role. Also in that same scene with him is Lesli Kay, who has been on many soaps as well. Veteran actress Beverly D'Angelo also has a small role as a judge. James Eckhouse is another veteran actor, and he plays a larger role as the doctor. You will probably recognize him from one of his dozens of roles, most notably from "Beverly Hills 90210".

It's an intriguing movie, and unlike many Lifetime movies, it doesn't drag. It moves along quite nicely and has many surprises, including the ending. It is not predictable. I enjoyed it a lot. It's a great thrill ride.

Read my interview with star Helen Slater!


The new Lifetime movie, The Good Mother, stars Helen Slater ("Supergirl," "The Lying Game,") former Disney star, Meaghan Murphy ("10 Things I Hate About You"), model and newcomer, Camille Cregan with a cameo by Beverly D'Angelo. The Good Mother is a drama that deals with a rare form of child abuse - Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS) and premieres on Saturday, June 8 at 8pm/ET/PT.


Story deals with a woman suffering from MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY SYNDROME (MBPS) a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the fabrication of an illness or symptoms usually by a parent or caregiver.

MBPS is a mental illness and requires treatment.

The Good Mother, a drama dealing with a woman suffering from Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome (MBPS), stars Helen Slater, Meghan Martin, Camille Cregan, Patrick Fabian and Beverly D´Angelo, will premiere Saturday, June 8 at 8pm/ET/PT on Lifetime.

When a troubled teen, Jillian, (Cregan, model/newcomer) is arrested for shoplifting and her mother is nowhere to be found, she is taken in by the well respected family of her best friend Melanie, (Martin, "10 Things I Hate About You," "Mean Girls 2") and starts to rebuild her life. When Melanie dies after a long illness, Jillian discovers that Melanie´s mother (Slater, "Supergirl," "The Lying Game") caused the death by making her sick and now her younger sibling is starting to have similar symptoms.

Jillian must fight to save the life of the young child and face the fact that the only mother figure she has ever known in her life is a murderer.

The Good Mother is a Check Entertainment Production produced by John Constantine, Michael Amato and Richard Gabai. The film was directed by Richard Gabai. 

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