Plot: Jackie (Lauralee Bell) has noticed her husband grow distant of late, he isn’t around as much and when he is, she doesn’t feel like he is engaged with his family like he used to be. A call to his work has her concerned, as he lied about working through lunch and she wonders what he was really up to. Her friends tell her not to confront him without proof of an affair and mention a woman known as The Mistress Hunter, who helps wives who have been cheated on. Soon she meets this mysterious woman, who turns out to be Hannah (Lydia Look) and she offers Jackie two options, one to gather intel for a divorce case and the other to break up her husband’s new romance, sending him back to his loving wife. Jackie chooses the first option and Hannah launches an investigation into cheating ways, with some help from Jackie on the inside. But when things take some unexpected turns, it becomes clear that there is more going than just a simple affair, but who is behind all the chaos?
Entertainment Value: Mistress Hunter sounds like a melodrama packed thriller with crazed females around every corner, but the movie is more of a chill, laid back mystery that tones down the usual Lifetime elements. The narrative is interesting at times and the premise is a good one, so those who prefer a slower pace and less drama might find a lot to appreciate here. Of course, I love the melodrama and manic thrillers, so I wasn’t bowled over, but Mistress Hunter is still a solid watch. The movie shows us the affair from both sides of the marriage, so we see the husband’s trysts and get to know his young mistress, while we also see how the wife copes with the situation, as well as Hannah’s perspective as an amateur detective. This allows for more twists and turns, which is what most viewers want in a mystery driven movie like Mistress Hunter, or at least I think so. Jackie and Hannah are warm characters, while even the young mistress is shown as a decent person, so this is a softer approach to this kind of material, if you’re a Lifetime regular. I’m sure some will miss the wild melodrama, but those who want a more relaxed whodunit should be pleased here.
No nakedness. This one is tame even by Lifetime standards, with just some off screen, implied romance in a scene or two. No blood. The movie involves some violence in the narrative, but not much is shown and when tensions do rise, the result is mild at worst and no bloodshed occurs. As I said, this one takes a more restrained, softer approach to Lifetime drama, so the lack of violence is no surprise. I miss the wild catfights and such, but I’m sure some will enjoy the change of pace. The dialogue is fine, but honestly since the melodrama and craziness are toned down here, there’s not much as far as over the top or memorable lines. The script is strongest when it comes to twists and reveals, so the dialogue takes a backseat in this one. Not much craziness either, though the finale adds some sparks to close out the narrative. This one is a kindler, gentler take on Lifetime drama, so the wild, manic moments aren’t an ingredient here.
Overall Insanity: 1/10