I have to admit that I occasionally like a good, trashy movie like one might find on the Lifetime network. Unforgettable seemed like it might fit into that category. It does.
Julia (played by Rosario Dawson, who is way too good for this movie) is a writer who is moving across the country to live with her fiancé, David (Geoff Stults). She hasn’t always had great luck with men, and in particular with Michael (Simon Kassianides), who had been so abusive that she had to get a restraining order against him. But that restraining order has expired, and she’s on edge but trying to hide it from her new man.
Tessa (Katherine Heigl, who is not too good for this movie) is David’s ex-wife. David had wanted to break up with her when they were dating, but Tessa managed to get herself pregnant, and David married her out of obligation. But he could only stand so much, and when he learned that she’d cheated on him, he took the opportunity to get out. But she’s still very possessive of David and of their daughter Lily (Isabella Kai Rice), and she really doesn’t like Julia moving in on her territory. So Tessa begins subtly screwing with Julia in the hope of getting her out of the picture.
There’s really nothing in this movie that could be considered good in the traditional sense of the word. I mean, it’s in focus the whole time and you can hear the dialogue so it feels like it was competently crewed, but the storyline is utterly predictable. It doesn’t have any surprises, and it feels like it came right out of the Lifetime mold. It’s rated R, but except for maybe some swearing, it seems like it would fit right in on the television network. Heigl’s character is a shallow, one-dimensional stereotype of an overbearing wife and mother, and she clearly got that from her own mother (played by Cheryl Ladd) As soon as we know who she is in the movie, we know what she’s going to do.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s what I went in hoping to see, and I wasn’t disappointed. There is fat that can be trimmed, it’s got a really dumb title, and the filmmakers should have taken better advantage of their R rating, but the movie knows what it is, and the people involved seem to embrace what they’re doing and go for it. If this movie sounds tedious or disappointing, then that’s probably what you’ll get out of it and it’s probably best to skip it. But if you generally like this type of movie and are on board with the premise, then you could certainly do worse.