THE PLOT THUS FAR
Three of Jodi Picoult’s best-selling novels in fine movie form. SALEM FALLS, starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Sarah Carter (Falling Skies) and AJ Michalka (Hellcats, Super 8), tells the story of a beloved teacher and soccer coach (Van Der Beek) at an all girls’ prep school whose career is ruined when a student’s crush initiates an uproar of false accusations. When he begins his life again in Salem Falls, a shocking rape accusation turns his world upside down and triggers a modern day witch hunt. PLAIN TRUTH, starring Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Allison Pill (Midnight in Paris), is a movie about high-profile criminal attorney (Hargitay) who ditches her self-indulgent city life to defend an Amish teenager (Pill) on trial for murdering her newborn baby. THE PACT, starring Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), is a powerful story about a supposed “suicide pact” between two teens that goes terribly awry. When only one of the children dies, both sets of parents must look at their friendship, loss, and guilt as they try to figure out the truth about the fateful night.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Jodi Picoult Collection” is a collection of three stories that revolve around the same idea. Women can ruin your world and make it better. Lessons are taught and everyone is played in Utilitarian means. If you’re a lawyer, you know nothing about the outside world. If you’re a mother, you know nothing outside of your children. It’s pretty insulting, but it compels the material’s base users.
All three movies are chick power affairs and they revolve around the usual dimestore novel tropes. What’s funny is that most of the stories revolve situations that just don’t happen. How many Amish baby murders or botched suicide pacts do you know about? It’s soap opera fantasy without any consequence. It’s just a shame that they’ve ruined Hargitay and other top notch actresses on this tripe.
The DVD comes with no special features. But, the A/V Quality is pretty strong for a series of Lifetime TV movies. There are deep blacks and amazing field of depth. However, it’s still standard definition and supported by a thin Dolby track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to Lifetime fans.
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