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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Like Mother Like Son (2001)

An amoral sociopath (Mary Tyler Moore) has devoted her adult life to crime from forgery to murder. She has even trained her son (Gabriel Olds) to follow in her footsteps. Now she plans to commit perhaps their biggest crime of all. To usurp the identity of a wealthy woman (Jean Stapleton) in order to obtain her properties but, of course, that means they have to kill her first. The most shocking thing about this horrific tale of twisted mother love is that it's all true. Based on the story of Sante and Kenneth Kimes who were convicted in 1998 of the murder of Irene Silverman along with 117 (sic) other crimes. Perhaps Mary Tyler Moore would be the last actress one would think of for a role like this but as she proved in ORDINARY PEOPLE, she can play dark characters very well. She goes all the way here and boy does she make your skin crawl. The movie fudges a bit in making the father (Robert Forster) more innocent than he actually was. If you're partial to true crime dramas, this will be to your liking. In 2006, another telefilm was made, this time with Judy Davis as the mother. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. 

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