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Maneater (2009 TV Mini-Series/Sony DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: D



Terms like “based on a true story” or “based on a book” are so often abused that when you hear them, you know you might be in trouble.  When it involves safe-at-best writer/producers like Suzanne Martin and Gigi Levangie (Hot Properties, The Starter Wife), you know you might be in trouble.  Maneater (2009) is a TV mini-series/elongated telefilm about a young woman trying to use the idea of getting married (she is planning to tie the knot, but does not have a groom yet) and wants to make it in the entertainment business.


It is the kind of cynical-is-fun fluff that we have been getting far too much of since the 1980s, is highly unentertaining and is everything we have seen in this formula to death.  No surprise this is made for the infamous Lifetime Network, a network for women if that is a woman who is against feminism or progress.  Sarah Chalke is the practical title character and both Gregory Harrison and Maria Conchita Alonzo also show up, but they can’t save this dud either.


Play the Hall & Oates hit song over and over again instead.  You’ll have more fun, it will be less annoying and it is also now handled by Sony.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is very soft for a new production and adds to the phony feel of the whole venture, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix sounds like 2.0 Stereo that has been stretched out too much for its own good.  The recording of the sound elements is also TV-flat.  There are no extras, as expected.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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