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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Deadly Ex Next Door 2022 * * 1/2 Stars


"You don't trust me why should I trust you". Well aren't we a bit prickly. That quote and others like it seem to be the entire screenplay mindset of Deadly Ex Next Door. "Deadly Ex" is not a movie mind you it's a darn soap opera, or maybe a reality show that you could use some more Xanax on set. 

But wait, the acting is much better than in that daytime stuff. The cast of Deadly Ex Next Door really pour their heart out. I mean you wanna see people emote in a Lifetime thriller. And yup, you want trash with a little stash. 

Deadly Ex Next Door contains a cop persona that's straight out of an M. Night Shyamalan flick. The film also stars unknowns in the form of Tianna Nori, Jack Grinhaus, and Jean Paul Najm. Their yuppie characters are wishy-washy, chemically imbalanced, and well, downright bipolar. Tonally their scenes are all over the place. One moment someone could snap and have a hissy. One moment someone without tact could really tick the other person off. One moment someone could have the urge to use a blunt object on someone else. Why so serious?

"Deadly Ex" is about a couple who purchase a house on the lake. Six weeks later their neighbors move in and happen to be the woman's ex-fiance and his drama queen bride. Chaos ensues because these four lovebirds awkwardly can't get along (can you blame them cause the director obviously doesn't). 

On the storyline front, Deadly Ex Next Door has enough red herrings, exhaust, and twists to make Malcolm Crowe think he's not dead (har har). I mean only LMN could divvy out a diegesis that's this coincidental and fortuitous. And only Lifetime could produce such forced manipulation from such a sparse set location (I'm thinking the Pacific Northwest with intermittent aerial shots). This "ex-factor" is fair but a mixed one. 

Written by Jesse Burleson

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