While most of the mystery box bullshit is played out at this point, there's something to be said for a movie that manages to remain under wraps until it springs forward, fully-formed, and surprises us all. That should have been A Deadly Adoption, the Lifetime movie starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay and directed by Love at the Christmas Table's (?) Rachel Goldenberg, that was unfortunately revealed a few months ago. Can you imagine being surprised by this movie? Can you imagine how wonderful that would have been?
That opportunity has passed, unfortunately, but A Deadly Adoption still has the power to surprise us - namely, by taking itself as seriously as possible. Sure, the synopsis includes the phrase “campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre,” but it also includes the phrase "A successful couple house and care for a pregnant woman with the hopes of adopting her unborn child," and that's the part that interests me most. I've spent much of my own lifetime watching Lifetime movies, not out of a sense of irony but one of morbid curiosity, and as these movies become spoofier and more self-aware (AH-HEM, Liz & Dick), they also become hollow reflections of the insanely melodramatic magic that marks their more sincere counterparts.
Still and all, this is a Lifetime movie starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell. That is a gift to us all. A Deadly Adoption arrives June 20th.