This improbable made-for-cable mystery yarn starring JoBeth Williams as a psychology student who gets involved in a murder case stretches credulity way past the breaking point. Viewers won't buy the finale in which our middle-aged heroine (a onetime high school gymnast) uses her rusty
balance beam skills to drop down on a predator from a second-floor railing!
Back in college after a bitter divorce, Anne Werden (JoBeth Williams) juggles raising her children with studies and working as an intern for psychologist Dr. Lensky (Duncan Fraser) at a minimum security prison. Anne's penchant for personal involvement flares up as she cares for brilliant young
schizophrenic Gogol (Michael Manasseri), a computer nerd arrested for breaking into TBX, the corporation run by his stepfather Harold Rhodes (Nicolas Surovy), who had murdered Gogol's father in order to usurp his empire.
After crossing swords with rigid Dr. Lensky over Gogol's medication, Anne is surprised when the newly released Gogol seeks refuge at her home. Through Detective Barnes (William Russ), the sympathetic cop handling the investigation of the TBX break-in, Anne learns about a confidential file on
Gogol. From his teenaged sister Elaine (Julie Patzwald), Anne discovers Gogol's job history as a computer hacker following the suicide of his father after an embezzlement scandal.
Gogol dies from a drug interaction. Sued for interfering in his treatment, Anne is powerless to prevent a distraught Elaine from over-medicating herself, at Rhodes's suggestion. Anne's attempts to clear her name jeopardize her family when Gogol's enemies kidnap her son Andrew (Bill Switzer). At a
remote rendezvous to rescue Andrew, Anne encounters Gogol's stepfather Rhodes, who eliminated Gogol for compiling incriminating evidence about Rhodes's murder of his father. Breaking free, Andrew dashes for help with Rhodes and his bodyguard in pursuit. While he's distracted, Anne knocks the
bodyguard off a balcony. Jumping down on Rhodes from a second-story ledge, Anne calls the police.
Although this low-key mystery is occasionally gripping, its credibility problems extend beyond the souped-up climax in which JoBeth Williams acts like an aging Mary Lou Retton. Why would a seasoned killer-CEO tip his hand by kidnapping a child? Why bump off Gogol when his tall tales were always
considered the by-product of his mental illness? Although the mature romance between Williams and William Russ is affecting, the film squanders too much footage on the heroine's strained relations with her children. A slack lady-in-peril thriller, WHEN DANGER FOLLOWS YOU HOME is watchable
primarily for the appealing Williams. (Violence, profanity, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: This improbable made-for-cable mystery yarn starring JoBeth Williams as a psychology student who gets involved in a murder case stretches credulity way past the breaking point. Viewers won't buy the finale in which our middle-aged heroine (a onetime high s… (more)