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If There Be Thorns (2015 telefilm/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Telefilm: C-

If There Be Thorns is a painful 2015 television film based on a later entry in VC Andrews best-selling novel series and it took this long to be produced for a reason. The third book in the series taking place six years after the novel Petals on the Wind (which was also a TV film), Cathy and Chris are happily married and live in California with Cathy's sons, Jory and Bart. Bart feels lonely and outshone by his brother and parents. One day, a woman dressed in all black moves into the mansion next door and invites Bart and Jory over for tea and cookies, and explains that she is rich but has no family except for her butler, John Amos. She takes a picture of them for keepsake, and asks them to visit her more.

Jory declines but Bart agrees after she promises to give him anything he likes. Bart is curious why he has no other relatives and knows that Chris is his stepfather, but Jory says that their maternal grandmother is in a mental hospital and Chris' relatives are dead. Corrine lavishes gifts and treats on Bart, including a pet python, and tells him she is his grandmother, Corrine. In essence, he gets a 'sugar mama' at a young age and loves it.

John Amos gives Bart a journal belonged to his great-grandfather, Malcolm, and makes him promise to never reveal it to his family. Bart reads how Malcolm referred to beautiful women as sinful and degrading, which envelopes his mind. He soon starts calling his family 'devil's spawn' and basically starts being a total brat. The series stars Heather Graham (an actress we hardly see in anything good nowadays), Jason Lewis, and Rachel Carpani.

As for disc specs, the show is presented in standard definition with an anamorphic 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There is also a digital copy included.

If you're interested in modern family dramas and bratty kids, then this TV-PG rated 'dark' family film may be up your alley. For me though, I'm going to pass on future installments.

No extras.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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