This television movie is based on the real life story of Jennifer Corbin, wife of dentist Bart Corbin. Jennifer was killed in an apparent suicide, but her sister Heather is convinced that Bart murdered her. As events unfold, the truth about the Corbins’ marriage is revealed in flashback, and shows that Jennifer was having an internet affair, while Bart cannot deal with rejection. It is only through Heather’s determination, and the tenacity of the investigating detectives that the truth is finally revealed.
I accept that this film does not break any new boundaries, and in many ways is a typical ‘Lifetime’ movie. However, the great performances of the cast elevate it to much better than average. Rob Lowe is such a talented, versatile actor, and here he plays the charming but controlling Corbin to perfection. Lauren Holly also does a great job as Jennifer’s sister Heather, and Yannick Bisson (who I adore from TV’s Murdoch Mysteries) puts in a nice supporting performance as Bart’s brother Bobby. Detective Roche, the lead detective in the investigation is well played by Michelle Hurd. Jennifer herself is played by Stefanie von Pfetten. She was a new face to me, but handled the part of the troubled Jennifer very well.
The story starts with Jennifer’s death, and all evidence points to suicide. Having no knowledge of the actual tragic events behind this film, I was not sure whether in fact she had killed herself, or if as her sister suspected, she had been murdered – and if she had been murdered, then who was responsible?
Overall, I would say the film is engaging and certainly very watchable. I would definitely recommend it to fans of Rob Lowe – it may not be his most popular or well-known role, but as always, he gives it everything, and is very convincing.
Year of release: 2009
Director: Norma Bailey
Producers: Scott W. Anderson, Stanley M. Brookes, Damian Ganczewski, Juliette Hagopian, Jim Head, Nicholas Tabarrok
Writers: Ann Rule (book), Fab Filippo, Donald Martin, Adam Till
Main cast: Rob Lowe, Lauren Holly, Michelle Hurd, Stefanie von Pfetten, Yannick Bisson, Mary Ashton, Marc Bendavid