When her sister is killed and her double life as a webcam performer is revealed, Grace ignores the warnings of a cool-headed detective and gets involved in the case. – From IMDB
Netflix has given us some real Murder Mystery gems over the years, but my lord, this is not one of them. It has all the aesthetics of a cheap Hallmark film, but without any of that charm that makes a Hallmark movie what it is. The film is about double lives, cam girls and sex workers, you would expect a story like that to have a bit more grit, more spice. But the whole thing is too bright and cheerful to be able to pull off it’s dark subject matter.
Based on a Nora Roberts book, there was bound to be a romantic element, but I didn’t buy this love story one bit. He was head over heels in love with her after knowing her for about a week. Instalove aside, this story didn’t need a romantic element. It had no effect on the plot, and didn’t offer any development for either character, neither learning anything or discovering anything about themselves from the relationship. And it’s complete unbelievability meant that it wasn’t even a love story you could root for. Even the poster for the film focusses more on the romance than the murder mystery element of the plot.
And while we are on the topic of things that were unbelievable, the way that Grace was just able to talk her way into the investigation, and end up getting more praise from the police captain then either of the real cops was utterly ridiculous. I know a lot of these kinds of films rely on the main character managing to worm their way into the investigation, but here it was done with so little justification, and so poorly that it really was an eye roller.
But my real pet peeve with with this film, was just how much no one seemed to really want to be there. The dialogue was absolutely god awful, wooden and unrealistic. No on would say half the things the characters find themselves saying, especially the sappy, romantic lines. And when these god awful lines are delivered so, so badly, it just makes it seem worse. It makes you wonder if the cast were aware how bad the material was, and therefore couldn’t be bothered to give it any effort at all.
It’s a shame because the subject matter had such promise, but this is one that just didn’t land well at all. Skip it!