Titled simply MOMMY'S DAY on screen, this sequel has the right inspiration but only middling results.
Jessica Sterling (Patty McCormack), scheduled to be executed for several murders and the attempted killing of her daughter, Jessica Ann (Rachel Lemieux), interrupts her death sentence with an escape attempt. Given an experimental implant designed to curb her violent tendencies, Jessica is released
a year later, but ordered to stay away from Jessica Ann, who is now living with her aunt Beth (Brinke Stevens) and Beth's new husband, true-crime author Paul Conway (Paul Petersen). Jessica tries to see her sympathetic daughter anyway, and at one point is rebuffed by the girl's skating instructor
(Mark Cockrell), who is later murdered. TV producer Jerry (Todd Eastland) invites Jessica to defend herself on his talk show, only to "ambush" her by having Jolene Jones (Sarah Jane Miller), the sister of one of the original victims, also appear. Soon thereafter, Jerry and Jolene are slain.
Suspicion falls on Jessica, as it does when Jessica Ann is subsequently kidnapped. Jessica soon discovers, however, that Paul has been conspiring with contract killer Glenna Cole (Pamela Cecil)--the real murderer--to frame her and provide material for Paul's next book. Prying out her implant,
Jessica kills Paul, rescues Jessica Ann, and shoots Glenna, who falls from a window to her death.
"Don't you know the sequel is never as good as the original?" Jessica asks Paul when she learns of his book-writing plans, and sad to say, MOMMY'S DAY generally proves her right. Crime author-turned-filmmaker Max Allan Collins drops in some amusing subplot material dealing with Jessica's
celebrity-criminal status, with references to O.J. Simpson and other well-known cases, but the bulk of the movie is more prosaic and predictable. Where the original MOMMY (1995) took the relatively unique tack of focusing on Jessica Ann's suspicions about her mother, the follow-up is more of a
standard murder mystery, in which the victims-to-be are easy to spot and the obscuring of the killer's face makes it pretty clear that Jessica is innocent this time.
Collins does do a fair job of keeping the audience guessing about the murderer's identity, but cheats in making the actual killer someone who hasn't been previously introduced. MOMMY'S DAY deserves credit for having more on its mind than most direct-to-video sequels, and the acting is better than
usual for this type of project, but it doesn't have enough fresh ideas (and, crucially, isn't scary enough) to truly set itself apart. Despite publicity suggesting that it was shot on film, MOMMY'S DAY (like the first movie) was clearly shot on video and "filmlooked," a technical process designed
to give the image the density of film. (Graphic violence, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: Titled simply MOMMY'S DAY on screen, this sequel has the right inspiration but only middling results. Jessica Sterling (Patty McCormack), scheduled to be executed for several murders and the attempted killing of her daughter, Jessica Ann (Rachel Lemieux),… (more)