The Stepfather

Synopsis: Michael Harding returns home from military school to find his mother happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David. As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Nelson McCormick
Production: Screen Gems
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

# Silent night

# Holy night

# All is calm

# All is bright

# Round yon Virgin

# Mother and Child

# Holy Infant

# So tender and mild

# Sleep in heavenly peace

# Sleep in heavenly peace

# Silent night

# Holy night

# All is calm

# All is bright

# Round yon Virgin

# Mother and Child

# Holy Infant

# So tender and mild

# Sleep in heavenly peace

# Sleep in heavenly peace

# All is calm

# All is bright

# Round yon Virgin

# Mother and Child

# Holy Infant

# So tender and mild

# Sleep in heavenly peace

# Sleep in heavenly peace #

One female in her late

thirties and three minors.

Multiple stab wounds

and blunt-force trauma.

What about

the ex-husband?

Court said the wife had a

restraining order against him.

Dylan Bennet. He spent the night

with a bottle of Jack Daniel's.

lt was his first Christmas

without his family.

All the more reason.

Well you didn't se'e him

when he ID-ed his family.

Looked like he'd been

hit by a freight train.

Seeing his kids like that.

All the blood.

Yeah, it was definitely

a nightmare for him.

If this guy did it, he gets my

vote for a goddamn Academy Award.

Let's say the stepfather,

this Grady Edwards did it.

What do we got on him?


Said he was from Kansas.

Except we can't find

a match in any database.

And he stopped the newspaper

to have time to disappear.

And we think he might

have done this before.

Three years ago in New

Jersey, a wife and three kids.

Gunshot wounds to the back of the

head. The stepfather disappeared.

Lived in a rented room

where he met the victims.

Both rooms were owned

by older women.

One of the women

who lives in New Jersey said,

''He's a wondeful man, always paid

his rent on time and in cash.''

So, of course, she never asked

him for any identification.

No, he's smart. The Toyota Land

Cruiser that we found abandoned?

Paid for in cash. No driver's

license required for registration.

No credit cards,

no anything. Which means...

No photo ID required.

Always a divorced

or widowed situation.

l'm telling you,

this guy's a monster.

Even if this is your guy,

it's been six months.

He could be anywhere by now.

Mom, Beth says

l can't get these.

Sean, we're not getting these.

Hey! You two stop arguing.

Why does she always get to pick the

kind of cookies we get? It's not fair!

Life is not fair. Life is about the

woman getting to pick the cookies.

Sorry, they get a little

out of control sometimes.

They're just kids.

But the sooner you figure out the cookie

deal, the easier your life's gonna be.

l'm just saying.

lt's a woman's world

and we're just guests here.

Wise man. l'd say

your wife is very lucky.

Oh. Uh, l'm not

married anymore.

l still wear it, but l Iost my wife

and daughter in an accident last year.

Drunk driver.

Oh, God, l'm so sorry.

lt's okay.

l could use

a little help, though.


Where is the peanut butter?

l just moved to Portland and

l don't know this store yet.

lt's actually

two aisles over.

This way? Thank you.


You're so welcome.

Remember what

l told you.


lf l didn't know better, l'd

think you were following me.

No. Hey.


l'm not usually this forward, but

l'm recently divorced and, um...

l'm taking my kids for pizza, so l

thought maybe you might want to go.


The truth is,

l'm just dying for

some adult conversation.

Well, l'm not usually

this easy.

David Harris.

Susan. Susan Harding.

lt's very nice to meet you.

lt's nice to meet you.

# Now l've lived through

my share of misfortune

l still can't believe she

didn't come to the airport.

l told you, she had

some things to do.

# But how long

should it take somebody

A little help here.


# Before they can

be someone? #

At least you have me.

So, have you met this guy?

Yeah, a couple of times. You know,

when l came by to say hi to your mom.

He seems cool. Okay, but

she's only known him since,

what, like, after

Christmas? That's so fast.


Come on, give it

a chance. You know?

Before you do

something stupid.

Like what?

l don't know. Like, um,

irritating your mom and getting

sent back to military school.

l'm just saying, it seems like she's

rushing into things. Don't you think?

l think it's her business what

she does with her personal life.

And she tends to

screw that up, mostly.

Come on, Michael, chill on this

one, please? No fights with your mom.

Okay. Okay. l got something to show you.


Well, this is a surprise.

This is a surprise. Thank you.

l'm so happy to have you

home. Hey, Michael. What's up?

Hey. Sean. Holy crap,

you're huge. Thanks.

l missed you. Come here.

Beth. l missed you, too.

Welcome home.

Hey, Aunt Jackie.

Leah, hey.

Hi, sweetie.

Let me look at you.

Your hair's gotten longer.

Yeah. They ease up

on you after a year.

You look so...

So much like a man.

l was expecting a boy.

That's what the military does.

Builds men. Good, strong men.

Michael, this is David.

David, Michael.

ls that a regulation cut?


lt wasn't real military. It

was just a school for screwups.


Well good to finally meet you.

l've heard so much about you.

Everything seems

to be going great.

Sean and Beth love him.

What's not to love?

Yeah, he's almost

too good to be true.

Don't start, Jackie.

l'm kidding. l'm kidding. l like him.

Do you think l'm

crazy to be engaged

to someone l've only

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