Plot: Mandy (Jessica Blackmore) and her daughter Riley (Virginia Tucker) have come to a new town, in an effort to get a fresh start. Riley had some issues that threatened to derail her future, so a new school and a chance to start over could be just what she needs to get back on track. As soon as Mandy arrives at school, she meets Olivia (Ashley Wood), the local power mom who sits at the top of the social food chain. She and the other popular moms welcome Mandy in with open arms, with Olivia even helping Mandy’s blog become an overnight success. Given her blog’s rise and Riley’s recent gymnastics success, Mandy is thrilled and thinks this move was the perfect idea, but she has no idea that since Riley outperformed Olivia’s daughter, she is now on her bad list. Soon things begin to go wrong for both Mandy and Riley, with the blog being attacked by hackers and Riley accused of relapsing into drug abuse. While she suspects Olivia is responsible, she has no proof and no one is willing to take a stand against Olivia. Will Olivia once again get just what she wants or this time, will she get what she deserves?
Entertainment Value: A fun look at what happens when means girls become mean moms, Wicked Moms Club punches up some brisk drama and cattiness that Lifetime fans should appreciate. I do think this could have packed a lot more melodrama, as we have a capable villain in Olivia, but the movie chooses to keep things dramatic, without going fully over the top. So Olivia does run roughshod over her enemies, but she doesn’t get a ton of screen time and given how much fun she is to watch, that seems like a mistake to me. But there is still some fun drama here, including a wild opening scene that features suicide and high melodrama in one neat package. While Olivia’s reign of terror is at the center of Wicked Moms Club, my personal highlights were the interactions between desperate mom Mandy and her dead inside daughter Riley, which were ripe with dysfunction and emotional instability. Riley is a total bitch and Virginia Tucker plays her with dead eyes, an almost constant scowl, and a general sense of hatred for life and everyone in it. Ashley Wood and her outrageous wig bring our villain to life well, but again, while her actions ripple through every second of the movie, she isn’t often around to really drive up the drama. So it could have been much crazier, but even as it is, this is a fun, drama filled Lifetime movie.
No nakedness. No blood. While there is a good amount of drama, no real sex or direct violence is involved. The suicide in the first scene is the lone exception, but nothing in that scene is shown. So this is more about a war of words, so if you expected some epic catfights, you’ll be let down. But how amazing would a knock down, drag out brawl between Olivia and Mandy have been, right? The dialogue is suitably catty, with Olivia spitting sharp barbs throughout, while her moms-in-arms sidekicks also dish out some shade. The mother/daughter drama also provides some humorous moments, as Riley is such a brat and is super fun to watch. I do think the writing could have pushed things a little more and dialed up the melodrama, but still some fun stuff here. In terms of the crazy factor, I really think the Mandy/Riley conflict has the most melodrama, but in truth, this movie keeps things reeled in most of the time. But there’s enough cattiness and bitchiness to earn a point. Although the idea that a negative comment on the internet could cause so much trouble is pretty hilarious.
Overall Insanity: 1/10