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Though it's not flawless, it's actually a really interesting story with plenty of twists and turns. I was pleasantly surprised, considering the mostly negative reviews. The "twist" would have been really well done, if not for it being spoiled in the TITLE and the COVER ART ITSELF. Seriously, who thought it would be a good idea to spoil the twist literally before the film even begins? A very bad decision on their parts
"Social Nightmare": The First of Many Bad Movies!
I decided to start my series of film analysis by writing about Social Nightmare! Social Nightmare is 2013 American mystery drama television film that was directed by Mark Quad and produced by Larry Rattner and premiered on the Lifetime Channel. The movie mentions a well-liked and excellent student who struggles to find the hacker who posted inappropriate photos and status updates on her online profile. What makes the movie not so great is that the twisted plot is so obvious. There will be spoilers throughout this review as I explain.
Protagonist Catherine "Cat" Hardy (Kirsten Prout) is the cute, college bound, A-student with dreams of attending Brown with her best friend Emily Hargroves (Chloe Bridges). Emily is equally gifted, but settles in Cat's shadow such as college admissions and running for class president. Catherine "Cat" is also admired by her boyfriend Daniel (Brandon Smith). He has an autistic adopted sister named Joan. Joan is unaware of her adoption as her birth mother attempts contacting the family.
Catherine "Cat" clearly is bright and determined. Her mom, Susan, (Daryl Hannah, who is best known for her role in the 1984 film Splash) is happy for her daughter, but is sad about the thought of her daughter leaving home.
However, weird things start to happen as someone hacks into her computer and is posting all of her personal information, online. First, the yearbook pictures as Cat is a part of the organization with the school's camera. Second, they start harassing her best friends' families. Like this occurrence, Daniel's sister Joan noticed messages over her adoption and Emily found photographs of herself on a website for perverts. Cat is hurt when Emily received an acceptance letter from Yale University and devastated when Brown decides to drop her.
Spoiler: Everyone thinks Cat is crazy, doctors places her on anti-depressant drugs, and she is suspended from school. After Cat feels better, she wonders about her missing phone. At the center of it all, she finds her phone in the house concealed in Susan's desk drawer. Cat goes into her mother's room and finds all kinds of incriminating evidence implying that Susan - Catherine's own mother - was the perpetrator all along (except for sending sexy pictures of Cat to everyone). Susan, admitting to her dirty deeds, cries about her miscarriages, failed marriage, and the fact that she doesn't want Cat to move away or Susan will commit suicide. Emily, who also figured out the truth, arrives to save Cat, but Susan hits Emily's head with a mirror and tries to strangle her. Cat calls 911 and the police arrests Susan. As the cop car drives off, Cat cries as Emily comforts her. However, the movie concludes happily with Cat going off to Brown with her best friend, Emily. As for her mother, Susan, she is living in a psychiatric ward. Despite, the dramatic events, Cat seems to have forgiven her mom and regularly talks to her on Skype. Overall, Cat's life is once again good.
Just to note - one of the alternative titles is Mother and alternative DVD cover features Daryl Hannah's character with a butcher knife. I find the other name spoiling to the plot and the cover art misleading.
Social Nightmare (or Mother) is not the best film, in my opinion. The plot was predictable, some parts had holes, and a few "students" looked as if they are out of college. However, this is Lifetime, for crying out loud, not to mention a production by The Asylum. I don't expect Academy Award nominee material. With that said, I give it a 6/10.
Darryl Hannah vo film na Asylum. Pisi propalo...taka doznavas koj veke ne go biva i koj ne e baran...
Average film with reasonable story and easy to follow and understand. Predictable outcome easily guessed from about 20 minutes into the film.
Its ok...But the previous title "MOTHER" was such a horrible one.
I Mean You Can Kind Of Guess Who It Actually Is Half Way Through You Know Who It Is. And The Ending Was So Predicatble. I Was Bored.
This suspense drama directed by Mark Quod was a typical B grade movie with enough budget to look professional. Sadly, budget could not make for the quality or anything worth watching in this TV movie. My copy of the movie was called "Mother" but I think they changed it to "Social Nightmare" for other countries distribution, and that is how it's listed on this site! Or, they changed it because it tells you all about the suspense result!? Very stupid, if you think about it.
The plot of the movie is about Cat (Kirsten Prout) and her life as a student. The movie starts with her hanging with her friend Emily (Chloe Bridges) and her boyfriend Daniel (Brandon Smith). Cat and Daniel have a kissing session in her closet while Emily third-wheels it by drinking hard lemonade and pretending to talk to Cat's teddy bear... OK, I could guess how bad the movie can be from there. In the closet Daniel reveals his adopted sister's birth mother has been contacting them, but the sister doesn't know she's adopted. Cat here is promising to send Daniel something special that night... special photos!
I won't explain more, but the director tried all different twists possible, but I bet that you already knew who is doing all the stupid stuff around the 15 minutes into the movie - and there is no point of watching the rest. I did watch it, though, to the end and I am telling you, choose watching anything else, even grass growing, if you have a choice! This will take at least 10 points of your IQ!
Of course, if you like watching very boring and transvestite looking Daryl Hannah acting like she's never seen an acting school in her life, the director which doesn't know the meaning of the word suspense, and an idiotic script... enjoy it!
With fine performances from Kirsten Prout & Chloe Bridges and some breathtaking drama, Social Nightmare succeeds in executing a fine film. 8/10
Social Nightmare, now known as the film Mother, is horribly acted. You can tell this was a made-for-tv picture. Why Daryl Hannah why did you make this garbage.
I had a feeling about who the "stalker" was the entire time, but it was still pretty shocking.