A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be careful who you date.
Positive Role Models
A seemingly normal person turns out to be a dangerous sociopath.
The action largely takes place in Nebraska. All the major participants are White. A character is said to have bipolar disorder.
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Violence & Scariness
A woman who has briefly been dating a man sends thousands of unhinged, threatening texts over several years. The behavior escalates to include physical stalking, arson, and murder. A gun goes missing. Someone is shot. Someone is stabbed. A bloody car seat is revealed to be a murder site. Pets are killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A newly single man has sexual relationships with two women he meets online and when they awkwardly run into each other, threats, arson, and murder ensue.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "whore," "hell," and "ass."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that documentary Lover, Stalker, Killer presents a nightmarish scenario illustrating the perils of online dating. A man who casually dates two women gets entangled as jealousy triggers one of them to seemingly sociopathic behavior. In thousands of threatening texts over several years, she claims her life has been ruined. The film documents her frightening stalking behavior. Arson and murder come next and the police scramble to solve the crimes. A gun goes missing. Someone is shot. Someone is stabbed. A bloody car seat is revealed to be a murder site. Pets are killed. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "whore," "hell," and "ass." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It takes a lot of filler to bring Lover, Stalker, Killer to its 90-minute feature length. That said, the story is still bizarre, fascinating, and disturbing. All the elements are there -- online dating gone wrong, a triangle of romantic jealousy, the escalating threats of a cyber- and real life-stalker, arson, murder, clever police, and a brilliant IT mind to unravel the mystery. Plot twists abound, including a moment when a police officer discovers that someone he works with may be involved. Self-inflicted wounds and hidden selfies help solve the case.
But, seemingly to add to the film's length, interviews go on too long. Unnecessary scenes scored with mysterious or threatening music add nothing to our knowledge and deliberately slow the narrative so that it feels like the filmmakers are trying to delay sharing just how strange the story is until they absolutely have to.
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