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Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dated comedy-horror TV movie has some scares but lacks bite.

Movie NR 2000 85 minutes
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While just about watchable, this low-budget TV movie from 2000 is equally unremarkable. The dialogue features plenty of exposition that explains the rules of what vampires can and can't do. While this could be new to younger viewers, the story itself is incredibly slow and feels stretched despite its short, 85-minute runtime. Part of the reason Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire looks so dated is because it predates the vampire movie boom of the late 2000s and early 2010s, most notably the Twilight series. But it is worth considering that this is aimed very much at a younger and family audience.

The action takes place over a single night. Single mom Lynette (Caroline Rhea) is set up on a blind date by her children Adam and Chelsea, in part to help her get over her divorce, but also so the two of them can sneak out despite being grounded. It's a premise that sets off a chain of confusing and random events. The main story, of Adam and Chelsea following Lynette after discovering her date is a vampire, lacks any clear direction. The secondary plot, involving a vampire hunter and Lynette's youngest son, Taylor, fares slightly better and eventually joins the two together, providing the movie with its climax as the group work together to save Lynette. But this is a riff on the vampire genre that lacks any real bite.

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