The Stepfather

2009

The Stepfather

Critics Consensus

This tepid remake of the 1987 cult classic lacks the tension and satirical undercurrents of the original.

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A seemingly normal man wants the perfect family. When they don't measure up, he eliminates them and moves on to find his next perfect family.

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Cast

Dylan Walsh
as David Harris
Penn Badgley
as Michael Harding
Sela Ward
as Susan Harding
Amber Heard
as Kelly Porter
Paige Turco
as Jackie Kearns
Marcuis Harris
as Detective Shay
Braeden Lemasters
as Sean Harding
Deirdre Lovejoy
as Detective Tylar
Skyler Samuels
as Beth Harding
Blue Deckert
as Captain Mackie
Jason Wiles
as Dylan Bennet
Kara Briola
as Real Estate Assistant
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Julie King
David Guzzone
as Male Buyer
Amandah Reyne
as Woman Buyer
Amanda Reyne
as Woman Buyer
Carmen Mormino
as Taxi Driver
Tracey Costello
as Mrs. Rivers
Cheryl Anderson
as Older Woman
Pride Grinn
as Car Salesman
Sean Anthony Moran
as Gus/Hardware Clerk
Jack Chang
as Cell Phone Clerk
Savannah Levin
as Lisa Bennet
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Critic Reviews for The Stepfather

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (14)

  • There's mayhem all over the place and not a policeman, or much logic, in sight. Watchable nonsense, with performances better than the story deserves.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • Not so much a contemporary re-make of Joseph Ruben's 1987 psychological thriller as a lobotomised bastard step-child: over-plotted, over-long, and stripped of the original's sharp, satirical subversion of suburban family values.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its more prestigious A-class competitors, is never less than entertaining.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's all very silly, but effective popcorn entertainment.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad.

    Oct 22, 2009 | Full Review…
  • That last stormy night of violence should be the shocker. Giving away his ruthlessness in earlier killings robs the movie of it its payoff as it saps the climax of much of its power.

    Oct 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

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