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Under Her Control

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A surrogacy deal goes violently wrong; peril, language, sex.

Movie NR 2022 109 minutes
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Horror music signals early on that the often deft Under Her Control isn't going to be a cozy story about a pregnant girl giving her baby to a rich woman. The vibe is closer to the ominous Rosemary's Baby, only Beatriz doesn't have the devil's powers to keep Sofia in line. Instead, she locks her up in a luxury getaway that soon feels like a prison. Performances are nuanced and believable as a woman used to having her way has to play the role of a supportive and understanding caretaker, all while planning to betray her surrogate. It's nicely paced, but the horror ahead is so clearly signaled that the ending doesn't pack much of a punch.

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