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Sunday, July 2, 2023

My Husband's Worst Mistake 2023 * * 1/2 Stars


As a guy who watches a lot of Lifetime network flicks, I have never seen one try to be out of the box as much as 2023's My Husband's Worst Mistake. It's wine club Sauvignon Blanc. It's cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater. It's serpentine in fire mode. It's "hey I wish Vivica A. Fox could pop in to see what's the dillio?" Heck, I'll give stab points for the whole darn treatment.

Anyway, "Mistake" runs 85 minutes with enough coincidences and passing ship characters to make a murderous version of The O. C. look like Romper Room. Check this: husband has an affair with wife of lawyer. Wife of lawyer confesses and dies accidentally falling down the stairs. Husband who had affair confesses to his own wife who throws him out of the house. Lawyer seeks revenge on real estate hubby by getting his kill on and trying to romance pissed off spouse (of real estate dude). Did you get all that? Could you keep up? It's okay if you didn't. For a minute my head was spinning. I felt like I was watching some cinematic multiple choice.

So yeah, My Husband's Worst Mistake has intentions but tries so hard to bait them, you're left viewing a lot of unintentional garble coupled with an abrupt ending that had to fill that standard, Lifetime running time. "Mistake" also stars actors (Matt Wells, Sarah Cleveland, Scott Gibson) who are so stiffly swayed by the plot mechanics you'd think they were pawns in a mosaic about the art of serendipity. Yeesh!

To put it mildly, My Husband's Worst Mistake is not a bad film, just a glut experiment in reinventing the wheel of a channel that specializes in manipulation, conniving, and stone-faced men up to no good. I'd give the thing a higher review if every waning moment wasn't so fortuitous. Own "worst" enemy.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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