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The Wrong Child (2016)

TV-14 | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 26 June 2016
A sociopathic teenager terrorizes a family after claiming to be the father's long lost son.


David DeCoteau


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Cast overview:
Vivica A. Fox ... Renee
Gary Daniels ... Charles
Tracy Nelson ... Joyce
Stevanna Jackson Stevanna Jackson ... Amy (as Stevena)
Robbie Davidson ... Andrew
Johnny Whitaker ... Mr. Haight
Helene Udy ... Janine
Jason Faunt ... Eddie
Alissa Latow ... Darci
Jackie Christie Jackie Christie ... Ms. Cabot
Jamel King ... Alex
Christian López Lamelas ... Lab Tech (as Christian Lopez)
Bradley Bundlie ... Owen


Wealthy in her own way, Renee is happily married to the apparently successful architect Charles until a teen named Andrew, who claims to be Charles' son, shows up on their doorstep. Charles seems suspicious of the teen, but Reene and their daughter Amy are ready to welcome him with open arms -- until they both realize that Andrew who's real name is Owen is a sociopath with an old grudge and a penchant for murder.

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26 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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The Wrong Child See more »

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Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Renee sees glints from Andrew's binoculars - from the fall of shadows, the sun is behind the window Andrew is watching from making any reflections unlikely to catch sunlight. See more »


References 16 and Pregnant (2009) See more »

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Wrong Is Right
5 July 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Eleven years ago, an ugly family argument left a cute little blond boy traumatized. In the present day, fabulously wealthy 42-year-old Malibu mother Vivica A. Fox (as Renee) notices strange lights coming from the mansion next door. This turns out to be Robbie Davidson (as Andrew Haight), an attractive 19-year-old matching the young boy in the opening minutes. As we know from the ugly old incident, he was the son of the man who met an unfortunate end. His mother has died recently, of stomach cancer. But, we are left wondering where his real father is and what happened to the kid. Presently, creep-acting young Davidson turns up at Ms. Fox' luxurious estate claiming to be the long-lost son of her architect husband Gary Daniels (as Charles Callahan)...

In typical "Lifetime" TV movie fashion, Fox invites Davidson to move in with her family. Fox acts motherly, but Mr. Daniels is reluctant to play Davidson's daddy. His reluctance causes friction in the parental relationship. The family includes pretty 18-year-old Jackson family member Stevena (as Amy). Her character's father died in a car accident when she was eleven. That intriguing information is cast to the wind...

When she receives her birthday gift, Fox' earrings look like they're going rip her ear lobes off, but she recovers with some less weighty jewels. Former 1960s "Family Affair" TV series child actor Johnny Whitaker is good to see in a small part. Ricky Nelson's daughter Tracy runs one of Fox' shops. Director David DeCoteau does his best work with young Davidson. The Matthew Jason Walsh story is recycled from previous ones telecast on the Lifetime channel. "The Wrong Child" resembles "Are You My Daughter?" (2015) with a gender difference, among others. However, a later revelation conspicuously omits a typical relationship, which would have been (here) between characters of the same sex. Even worse, later revelations don't match up with story and performances.

** The Wrong Child (6/26/2016) David DeCoteau ~ Vivica A. Fox, Robbie Davidson, Gary Daniels, Stevana Jackson

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