Story: Alex (Scout Taylor-Compton) loves her twin sister Raina (Scout Taylor-Compton), but she is tired of Raina’s alcohol issues and the negative impact on their families. She confronted Raina after the funeral of their mother, which Raina missed and that sent Alex off the deep end. While Raina insisted it was to try to minimize drama, Alex believes she has started drinking again and blames the addiction. As perilous as their relationship has become, nothing can prepare Alex for what happens next, as her husband David (Jon Prescott) is murdered in cold blood. As if that shocking loss wasn’t enough, the evidence in the case seems to point toward Raina, her own twin sister! While she claims she is innocent and would never hurt her sister, can Raina be trusted or has Alex found herself in an unthinkably tragic turn of events?

Entertainment Value: I love the Lifetime thrillers and the crazier the better, but sometimes the more dialed back entries can provide solid entertainment as well. Framed by My Sister isn’t nearly as wild and melodramatic as some of Lifetime’s thrillers, but it does have a over the top narrative that is fun to watch. The twists and turns are typical thriller stuff for a while, before the movie jumps off the high dive and delivers a manic finale. I know some will scoff and dismiss it, but the wild turns are one reason these are so fun to watch, regardless if they make sense or not. For the most part, despite some potential wackiness in the script, Framed by My Sister is on the reserved side, so things don’t often boil over and sadly, there aren’t as many turbo charged emotional meltdowns on showcase as I’d like. Even so, the pace is even and while I would have liked more craziness, this works well as a more restrained, but still enjoyable thriller. So if you like Lifetime’s brand of thrillers and don’t need ramped up melodrama, give Framed by My Sister some consideration.

These Lifetime thrillers can offer a great chance for performers to chew scenes or take on roles outside their normal scope, a trend that continues here with Taylor Scout-Compton. She is called on to perform multiple roles and even act alongside herself, with the kind of movie magic Lifetime’s special effects department conjures up. The twin scenes look fine, better than I expected and she does well in the roles. Scout is able to build distinct characters and mannerisms, not to an in depth level, but enough to make the twin characters work here. I wish she could have let loose more and she can go unhinged when she wants to, as fans of her horror films can attest. But she gets some chances to shine and her performance is rock solid overall, especially when she was asked to take on multiple roles. The cast here also includes Jon Prescott, T.K. Richardson, Gary Hudson, Angela Cole, Juliana Destefano, and Tracy Nelson.

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