When someone sits down to take in a Lifetime Original movie, he or she probably expects to see things like salacious motivations, dubious male characters and females in trouble. And even though Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s new project A Deadly Adoption is a send-up of the network’s more lurid fare, it seemingly hits everything on the checklist. Check out the full trailer for the TV movie below.
Following the teaser, this is our best look yet at A Deadly Adoption, a film that at one point didn’t seem like it was a real thing, and it’s almost scary how indistinguishable it is from any Lifetime movie form the 1990s. Part of that is the point, of course, as this film in a tongue-in-cheek celebration for the 25th anniversary of the network’s movie output. But it’s so far away from obvious parody that I have to wonder how successful its eye-winking and side-poking will be.
In A Deadly Adoption, Wiig and Ferrell play a happy couple who invite a young pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes) to live with them, with the intentions of adopting the unborn child after the birth. The couple can’t conceive a child, but they already have one, Sully (Alyvia Alyn Lind), though it’s not clear where she came from. To be expected, everything takes a downward turn, and now we have a better idea of what sets things down the destructive path.
For one, Lowndes apparently has the hots for Ferrell’s Robert Benson, who is “America’s new financial guru,” according to U.S. Finance magazine. It’s not quite clear if she really has a thing for bearded men, or if her sole goal on this planet is throwing a wrench into people’s marriages for the hell of it. I’m guessing the latter though, since she does villainous things like ripping Wiig from the magazine cover and giving Robert a sly smile when he catches her sunbathing. Of course, she also seems to want to kill him by the end of it, both with a truck and a gun, but I’m guessing that’s after her life gets ruined as well as theirs. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and armed.
A Deadly Adoption, written by Andrew Steele and directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg, was filmed completely in secret and was first revealed on April 1. Though Ferrell came out afterward and said that the entire project was being scrapped due to the surprise being ruined, that wasn’t the case at all, and Lifetime finally started advertising the film in the past couple of weeks.
Find out what happens to this loving couple – as well as who that punch-friendly guy is – when A Deadly Adoption hits Lifetime on Saturday, June 20, at 8 p.m. ET.