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We Belong Together

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fatal Attraction wannabe has violence and sex.

Movie NR 2018 83 minutes
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This movie is a simplistic, paint-by-numbers, badly-written, knock-off of other romance-turned horror stories. Imagine Fatal Attraction minus the character development or Body Heat without any discernible motive for malfeasance. When this outright evil, mentally-unstable, murdering, mental asylum escapee seduces her college professor, tries to kill his wife, and kidnaps his daughter, the movie provides no answer to the question: Why? By the end of We Belong Together, we learn of other criminal acts perpetrated by the villain, but at least those crimes involved people she knew well, leaving to the imagination the possibility that she might have developed reasons over time to do her worst.

In contrast, she knows the randomly selected Thomas and his family for all of five minutes, not much time to develop murderous urges. That's why the film feels like little more than a series of plot points (with some sex thrown in) carried out by talented but hamstrung actors. Equally frustrating are the unbelievably bad decisions being made over and over by a supposedly intelligent man who has many compelling reasons -- legal and personal -- to act otherwise. And just wondering -- how is someone freshly escaped from jail driving a late model BMW? In keeping with the lack of development and dramatic arc throughout the rest of the film, the ending is abrupt and unsettling, leaving room for, heaven forbid, a sequel. Note that the actress playing Thomas' ex-wife, Elise Neal, is only six years younger than the actress playing the ex-wife's mother, Valarie Pettiford.

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