Review: ‘Ann Rule’s Everything She Ever Wanted’

'Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted'

Without giving too much away, let's just say her special soup packs an inordinately strong kick.

Taking obvious liberties with the story that inspired it, the movie is told by Gershon’s Pat Allanson as she recounts the scandal of her marriage to a younger divorced man (Ryan McPartlin) and the disapproval this elicits from his wealthy father (Victor Garber, in little more than a cameo).

Vowing that she won’t settle for less, Pat proceeds to methodically eliminate those members of her husband’s family who stand between her and that coveted inheritance. Without giving too much away, let’s just say her special soup packs an inordinately strong kick.

Eventually, Pat’s behavior arouses the suspicion of her sister Rachel (Rachel Blanchard — honest), who has a bad, potentially dangerous, habit of looking in drawers just at the moment when Pat is about to enter the room. Seriously, can’t she hear that ominous music every time they reenact this scenario?

Unlike the recent Rule romp “Too Late to Say Goodbye,” Michael Vickerman’s script, Peter Svatek’s direction and Gershon’s sex-oozing performance as lil’ ol’ Pat embrace “Everything’s” camp factor in a way that practically feels like an unabashed spoof of the genre. The main drawback is that the initial plot comes to a rather unexpected stop before Pat finds a rich family upon which to prey, cheekily telling them she’s been busy “taking care of my family.”

There’s no denying the appetite for salacious true crime through the years — or that the broadcast networks left a void by dealing with such stories exclusively in their newsmagazines while virtually abandoning TV movies.

Of course, it would be nice if Lifetime’s movie arm aimed its sights a bit higher, but as even Pat might eventually admit, you can’t have everything.

Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted

Lifetime Movie Network, Sat.-Sun. Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m.


Filmed in Toronto by Darius-ESEW. Executive producers, Stanley M. Brooks, Jim Head; co-executive producers, Juliette Hagopian, Damian Ganczewski; producer, Nicholas Tabarrok; director, Peter Svatek; writer, Michael Vickerman; based on the book by Ann Rule.


Camera, Mathias Herdl; production designer, Karen Bromley; editor, Ron Wisman Sr.; music, Jonathan Goldsmith, John Pratt; casting, Shana Landsberg, Diane Kerbel. RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS


Pat Allanson - Gina Gershon Rachel Reede - Rachel Blanchard Tom Allanson .- Ryan McPartlin Dan Hollister Gabriel Hogan Walter Allanson - Victor Garber Carolyn Allanson Chick Reid George Allanson - Lawrence Dane Det. Mark Edward- Martin Roach Phil Reede - Chad Willett Charles Greene - Martin Donovan
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