“It was about [Sketchy Dad] all along!” he yells midway through — a big mistake on his part. If Lifetime movies past are any indication, his attempts to thwart Lowndes’ devious plan will only end with him getting killed right before the film’s third act and climactic car chase.
Lifetime has done a thorough job of keeping its Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell original movie “A Deadly Adoption” under wraps. As the premiere draws closer, though, it’s becoming obvious that “A Deadly Adoption” may be a Lifetime masterpiece.
The network released the first full-length trailer on Monday (June 15) and in two short minutes the clip reveals that Wiig and Ferrell have committed 100 percent to the Lifetime movie formula.
Zap2it has broken down the staple Lifetime movie tropes as they apply to “A Deadly Adoption.” Prepare yourself, melodrama and crazy baby ladies ahead.
The happy couple
Fertility trouble puts a lot of stress on a marriage — unless you live in the Lifetime movie universe. Ferrell and Wiig are struggling to have another child of their own but there’s no signs of fighting or divorce here. Instead they invite a pregnant stranger into their home in the hopes of using her unborn child to complete their seemingly already content family, except …
Will Ferrell isn’t squinting like that because the sun is in his eyes. He’s got the face of a potential murderer because he’s checking out the mother of his adopted baby, and it’s weird. This sets up Kristen Wiig screaming “This is all your fault!” later in the trailer, because in a Lifetime movie the sketchy dad usually does kick off all the trouble.
Crazy pretty girl
Lifetime movie alum Jessica Lowndes plays the pregnant mom-to-be who isn’t at all what she seems. She appears wholesome and innocent enough, but it’s amazing what two hours and a half-dozen Dove commercials can do to your skin care and hair regimens. Lowndes goes from wholesome girl-next-door, victim-of-a-broken-condom to a gun-toting-vehicular-man-slaughtering-crazy lady and the transformation is beautiful.
Birth daughter in peril
Of course there are signs that the clean-cut baby mama isn’t at all what she seems before the bad highlights and overdone eyeliner show up. When she’s not showing off her assets to sketchy dad, she’s stalking the happy couple’s birth daughter. Look at the innocent child sleeping and don’t forget creepy pregnant lady watching in the photograph reflection. This is why background checks are important when trying to adopt someone’s fetus.
Troublesome baby daddy
The pregnant lady doesn’t just go crazy — there’s got to be some motivation. There also has to be another participant in getting her pregnant. In some Lifetime movies he’s already dead, but in “A Deadly Adoption” he’ll come back into play. His name is Dwayne, according to IMDB, already signaling that he’s trouble. For more proof, he’s covered in tattoos and struggles with anger issues (and probably alcohol addiction).
The only trope “A Deadly Adoption” seems to be missing is the family pet that mysteriously ends up dead — but remember this is only the trailer. There’s still time for little Fido or Fluffy to die.
The full movie premieres Saturday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.