Tempted (2003)





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The strain of juggling her responsibilities as wife, mother, and successful paralegal have worn Emma Burke (Virginia Madsen) out. Thus it is that Emma welcomes the opportunity to briefly take leave of her Boston home and head for sunny Hawaii. It is not, however, a pleasure trip: Having promised to honor the dying wishes of her Hawaiian-born surrogate mother, Emma had agreed to transport the woman's ashes to the Islands for a traditional burial ceremony. Leaving her husband, Mike (Andrew McFarlane), behind to care for their two children, Emma arrives in Hawaii for the first time since childhood, where she is reunited with her childhood friend Kala (Jason Momoa), the handsome son of her late surrogate parent. Against her better judgment, Emma falls in love with Kala, and he with her. Complications arise when Mike and the kids show up in the Islands, a the obligatory evil land developer rears his ugly head, and Emma learns the shocking truth about her biological mother. The made-for-cable Tempted premiered March 10, 2003, on the Lifetime network.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television , Romance
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RHI Entertainment


Virginia Madsen
as Emma Burke
Jason Momoa
as Kala Noi
Andrew McFarlane
as Mike Burke
Brooke Harmon
as Jamie Burke
James Dean
as Neil Burke
Kieu Chinh
as Kehau
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Cliched, poorly written and screaming "TV movie". I honestly don't know why I sat and watched the whole thing. The only thing convincing was this woman's horrible children - and even then only as an advertisement for remaining childfree. Unappreciated wife and mother goes to Hawaii to return the ashes of the woman who raised her, along the way "finds" herself, (not very well), finds her real mother, and has a romance with one of the locals. Ungrateful children and husband turn up in Hawaii, and she decides to go back to her life of drudgery because "that's who she is". Fantastic message for all women everywhere....

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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"Small Island. No secrets." A melodramatic movie of how the lives of the stricken people remain unperturbed despite that their secrets were revealed boldly in public. Spur of the moment errors (as they considered it) are left to pass harmlessly like a pleasant Hawaiian breeze most probably as an excuse for "such a kind of life" in Boston. Extraordinarily appealing! and How I wish everyone is just as understanding as this movie is all about!

Sid Savillo
Sid Savillo

I love Peter Facinelli and most of his movies and like Bruce Raynolds. I'm glad to see a film with both actors. Peter's eyes in Tempted just melts me to a puddle. Sexy! The film is tragic and hot!

Holly F.
Holly F.

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