Plot: Abby (Jordan Hinson) has just lost both of her parents in a tragic turn of events and as her older brother doesn’t have the means to provide for them, Abby and her younger brother need legal guardians. The two wind up in the care of Eve (Angie Harmon) and her husband Raymond (Joel Gretsch), who seem to be perfect foster parents and have the means to give the siblings an incredible lifestyle. Their new home is a remarkable mansion on a lush estate and all of their needs are met and then some, not to mention all the perks most kids can only dream of. Her little brother has all the video games he could ever want, though it bothers Abby that the two are given little freedom in some ways, as if their foster parents aren’t all they seem. But is Abby just paranoid and shaken from the loss of her parents, or do Eve and Raymond have some dark secrets lurking in their seemingly idyllic existence?
Entertainment Value: The Glass House was fun, if convoluted thriller that benefited from Leelee Sobieski’s excellent lead performance, but this is a sequel in name only, just a different take on a similar narrative. While the original threw one twist after another to distract from a mediocre script, this sequel makes it look like a razor sharp, highly polished thriller. I did have fun with Angie Harmon’s performance, but otherwise The Good Mother left me cold and never really reeled me in, despite my affection for direct to video sequels. This is a shame, as the movie does show hints of potential, usually around Eve’s sadistic behavior and mind games, but those elements aren’t taken to the kind of wild lengths I hoped. So the premise sparks here and there, but the script refuses to get the lead out and make good on that potential, which dooms this one to a mediocre, forgettable experience. If you’re a DTV masochist, you might give this one a whirl, just keep your expectations in check.
The few bright spots in Glass House: The Good Mother center on Angie Harmon, who has a fun role here and delivers when she has the chance, but the script keeps pulling her character back. If she could have gone full on Lifetime style psycho, the movie could have been a wild, memorable thriller, as Harmon seems to go for it when she is afforded the chance. But just when she starts to build a little steam and the movie picks up as well, the focus shifts and things grind to a halt, which is a shame. Harmon is the main reason to watch The Good Mother and in truth, pretty much the only reason, as the rest of the film fails to live up to even her small bursts of entertainment. The cast also includes Joel Gretch, Jason London, and Jordan Hinson.