For a year and a half Valerie and Gary used to date and then things ended. Gary has since married and has two kids, both in high school. Valerie, however, has not moved on and apparently been pining for Gary since their break up.
Gary has a semi successful transportation business (it’s in financial dire straights) and Valerie has a successful purse making business and I do mean successful.
Gary and Valerie meet up again at their high school reunion. I’m going to guess it’s their third or fourth, it depends on how often their school has these reunions. Some schools, such as mine, did it every ten-twenty years. But I digress.
As mentioned, the two meet up again at the reunion and begin talking. Gary is complaining about his wife (big mistake) and Valerie is listening tentatively like there’s going to be a big test on it later. later on during the reunion, Gary gets caught up in the moment and kisses Valerie (another mistake – this clown is full of mistakes). Valerie, on the other hand, took the kiss to mean something more.
Jess is Gary’s wife and a Yoga instructor, who seems to have a successful business of her own. Valerie makes it a point to seek out Jess and semi-befriends her. As with any stalker/obsessed ex-girlfriend, she her motives are not pure. She was, in a sense, checking out the competition, and to her, as we learn later from her own salty lips, she had no competition.
Valerie always claimed she was in town on business whenever she wanted to see Gary. Valerie was in town on business..the business of stalking, and fine job she was doing. This women found out everything about Gary, from where he lived to his business and his kids. The kids part came from a lunch her Gary had that Gary forgot to tell his wife about. I’ll get to that in a bit.
What Gary told Valerie at their reunion about his marriage she hung on to. What Gary told her about his kids, she hung on to and used it to her advantage.
During their lunch, which she initiated, of course, Gary begins talking about his kids. He tells her that his daughter is starring the school play Anthony and Cleopatra as Cleopatra. Oh Gary, why did you tell her this? I can’t remember if he told when the play was or she found for her self (I’m guessing the latter since this woman is very resourceful) but she was completing two things from this lunch: get lipstick on Gary’s collar and decided to send a gift to his daughter on the night of the play.
Towards the end of the lunch, Valerie excuses herself to the ladies room. While there she puts on a fresh coat of lipstick and then returns to the table. As they are getting ready to leave they give each other a hug and that’s when Valerie presses her lips against his collar and neck, thus leaving the infamous lipstick on the collar in hopes he wife finds it. But her plan backfired – almost.
Gary goes back to work in which his business partner comes into his office to tell him something and notices the lipstick and tells Gary who doesn’t know what to do now. When he gets home he pretends he has something in his eye and by passes everyone to get up stairs so he can hide the shirt.
The next morning, Gary retrieves the shirt and puts it in his gym bag. Well, it looked like a gym bag. What Gary doesn’t know is his wife saw him retrieve the shirt though she didn’t say anything. Later on she calls the dry cleaning place they frequent to find out if he’s brought a shirt in for cleaning and they say yes and proceed to tell her the lipstick on the collar won’t be hard to get out.
Jess (that’s Gary’s wife) calls Gary at work to confront him about the shirt. My question is why didn’t she do this at home? Why interrupt his business/busy day. Perhaps because she knew he would lie about the shirt if confronted at home. By doing it her way, she was able to get the truth. Fine. Why not wait until he gets home to confront him? She’s aware his business is about to go belly up so why interrupt him trying to find a way out for his business? Who knows. Welcome to Lifetime Movies.
Remember when Gary told Valerie about his daughter’s play? Well Valerie sent his daughter a $500 purse as a gift for her role. Of course this started a confrontation between Gary and Jess because its from Gary’s ex and Jess didn’t know they had lunch together (see, Gary had to tell Jess how Valerie knew about his daughter’s play). There’s also a dinner date that didn’t end well either. There’s so much that didn’t end well in this movie, including the ending.
Valerie had sent Gary nude pictures of herself through, what seems a social media site. Gary didn’t delete the pictures and thus his son found them. The son has a big mouth and blurts it out in front of his mother and father. Another argument ensues between Jess and Gary which leads to Gary being thrown out of the house and into a hotel. Well, you guess where things went from here. Or can you?
I’m not going to give any more details of the movie, should you want to watch it. As if I haven’t given enough already. Oy vey!
The movie was realistic as far as you never know about people you used to date. You might think things ended well until one day at that class reunion. Beware of those class reunions and exes.
Deadly Ex (original name Inconceivable)
Cast: Valerie: Natasha Henstridge (Species, Cold Spring , Gary: Jason Gerhardtand (CSI, Mistresses, General Hospital), Jess: Marguerite Moreau (Queen of the Damned, Runaway Jury, Gray’s Anatomy)
Release Date: 1 October 2016
Production Company: Creative Arts Entertainment Group, Inc.
Writers: Christine Conradt, Chris Lancey
Where to Watch: I usually like to put places to watch the movie but I couldn’t find any. But I’m sure you creative people will find a way.