5.6/10
76
2 user 2 critic

Deadly Assistant (2019)

TV-14 | | Drama | 17 May 2019 (USA)
A woman's attempt to reconnect with her estranged family ends with murder and suspicion.

Director:

Daphne Zuniga
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Homekilling Queen (TV Movie 2019)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Whitney deranged daughter of wealthy equally disturbed Connie is determined to become Homecoming Queen and nothing will stand in her way Natasha decides to run also she has no inkling of ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre Carrière
Stars: Ashley Jones, Kaitlyn Bernard, Kayleigh Shikanai
Psycho Stripper II (2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A week before her wedding, beautiful dance studio instructor Amber Clarke suddenly finds herself the obsession of Hunter, the brooding, sexy, exotic male dancer from her bachelorette party,... See full summary »

Director: Jake Helgren
Stars: Karissa Lee Staples, Tyler Johnson, Mark Hapka
The Sisterhood (TV Movie 2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ashley Shields has had a rough year following the death of her mother, the disintegration of her marriage, and getting passed over for a promotion at work. So when her sister Jasmine brings... See full summary »

Director: Jean-François Rivard
Stars: Claire Coffee, Lisa Berry, Siobhan Murphy
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teenage girl visits her mom on death row and gets lured into a dangerous trap to take the fall for her mother's crimes.

Director: Penelope Buitenhuis
Stars: Monroe Cline, Jhey Castles, Crystal Allen
Killer in Law (2018)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Melissa, a happily married woman with an eight-year-old daughter, invites her husband's mother to live with them, only to realize that Grandma is unhinged and wants to kidnap Melissa's daughter to replace her own dead child.

Director: Danny J. Boyle
Stars: Kelly Sullivan, Nana Visitor, Brett Zimmerman
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Allie is at a wedding as photographer when the groom is killed. Nobody sees the shooter. Allie's brother is the bride's ex and thus a suspect. Can the police or Allie and friends solve the murder?

Director: Ron Oliver
Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega, Trezzo Mahoro
Mommy Would Never Hurt You (TV Movie 2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Riley wants to rebuild her relationship with her mother and little sister, who are shut-ins due to her sister's illness. When Riley realizes her sister may not be sick, her mother will stop... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lusko
Stars: Kristen Vaganos, Libby Munro, Micavrie Amaia
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

To escape a serial killer, a single mom and her daughter enter witness protection, only to find their lives in greater danger than ever.

Director: Nadeem Soumah
Stars: Robert DuBois, Krista Allen, Avra Friedman
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman finds her life in danger when an emotionally disturbed police officer she bullied in high school targets her in a twisted plan of revenge.

Director: Jeff Hare
Stars: Kaitlyn Black, Ashley Gallegos, Jon Prescott
Stressed to Death (TV Movie 2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

During a robbery at a smart stop an EMT is faced with two victims; a pregnant lady and a man shot but still alive. When having to choose which to save first the injured man tells her take ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Cohn
Stars: Max Adler, Sarah Aldrich, Taylor Blackwell
Fatal Getaway (2019)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Friends who are staying at a stunning home-share rental begin to suspect that something is not quite right with the property's charming and handsome host.

Director: Damián Romay
Stars: Anja Akstin, Laura Ault, Patrick Michael Buckley
Tempting Fate (TV Movie 2019)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gabbys marriage to Elliott is jeopardized when she meets Matt. What begins as a business opportunity develops into an emotional affair, leading Gabby to succumb to his unrelenting attention; not foreseeing the life changing consequences.

Directors: Manu Boyer, Kim Raver
Stars: Alyssa Milano, Daniel Bacon, Emilija Baranac
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jeannette Sousa ... Amanda Birch
Breanne Hill ... Maya
Keenan Tracey ... Charlie
Philip Boyd ... Ian
Houston Rhines ... Stone
Kate Gilligan ... Lauren
Julienne Irons ... Rebecca
Mike Capozzi ... Ed
Autumn Federici ... Serena
Ryan Anthony Ryan Anthony ... Dario
Randy Devine ... Yoga Teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ansa Woo ... Featured Yogi
Edit

Storyline

A woman's attempt to reconnect with her estranged family ends with murder and suspicion.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Dark Secrets Will Come to Light

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Instagram Picture

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Protégé See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Protege Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Among the items on the electronic order for drugs from the Wellness Center is a "mortar and pestal." The correct spelling is "pestle." See more »

Soundtracks

Follow You
Written by Manny Streetz David Kater , Tricia Battani
Performed by Tricia Battani
Produced by Manny Streetz, DK for Silent String Entertainment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another Lifetime mess: good direction, problematic script
19 June 2019 | by mgconlan-1See all my reviews

The very title of "Deadly Assistant" is a "spoiler" that carefully undoes the suspense writers Blaine Chiappetta and Nicole Schubert carefully created in their script. It was ironic to be watching this right after a "60 Minutes" segment on "Game of Thrones," since Chiappetta and Schubert carefully depicted the struggle for control of a little yoga studio out in a California suburb with all the High Seriousness of the battle for the Iron Throne in the big eight-year series. The film opens in the middle of a yoga class being led by Lauren Birch (Kate Gilligan) - we're told the studio is being closed pending renovation and a big reopening but Lauren is still leading classes there, and she's recorded a number of motivational tapes (or downloads, or streams, or whatever) which her students use both in her studio and wherever else they may be. The plot kicks off when Lauren's sister Amanda (Jeannette Sousa) arrives in town after a big job in New York just finished and attempts to re-integrate into Lauren's family, which consists of her husband Ian (Philip Boyd), their son Charlie (Keenan Tracey) and the son's girlfriend Maya (Breanne Hill), who also works as Lauren's assistant at the local salon. Three years before Amanda visited Lauren and caught Ian kissing another woman; she reported to her sister that he was having an affair, Lauren didn't believe it, and the conflict between the two sisters over the issue never got resolved. Charlie, Ian's and Lauren's son, had a severe alcohol and drug problem, though he got into a "program" and has been clean and sober for three years. Chiappetta and Schubert throw us a big curveball in the opening since we expect from the usual iconography of Lifetime movies - and the title - that Lauren is going to be the central character and the plot will be about the deadliness of her assistant Maya, and how she stumbles onto the truth about her and what will happen when she does. Instead Lauren is killed in the second act when the studio has its grand reopening, she stammers through her big opening speech, then collapses and dies of a mysterious "heart attack."

One problem with this movie is that once Lauren exits, there goes the one character we actually like - though in an inspired touch the characters continue to listen to Lauren's motivational recordings, thereby giving her a weird ghost-like quality through which she continues to "haunt" the action even in a non-supernatural story. The writers clearly intended to maintain the suspense over which of the remaining principals in the family was trying to do in all the others, but the title Lifetime slapped on their work (replacing an almost-as-revealing working title, "The Protégé") makes it all too obvious to us. The film was directed by Daphne Zuniga, who has 79 credits on imdb as an actress (the one I can remember seeing is Mel Brooks' "Star Wars" spoof "Spaceballs," in which she played the Carrie Fisher role) but only two as director: this film and a documentary on the TED talks. Like a lot of other Lifetime directors, especially the female ones, Zuniga turns in an excellent job but is hamstrung by a script that is sometimes genuinely powerful (I particularly like the way Lauren's recorded voice haunts the other characters via her motivational tapes even after she's gone) and sometimes just silly.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed