‘The Perfect Daughter’ Lifetime Movie Frightens With Truth Of Sex, Alcohol At Teen After-School Parties


The Perfect Daughter is a timely new Lifetime movie that is slated to roll out this weekend. Formerly titled The Carpenter’s Daughter, it follows the case of a single father who copes with his 15-year-old daughter whose life is changed after a teen party leads to alcohol poisoning, a teen pregnancy, and the end of a promising career of a popular high school hockey player after accusations of rape surface.

Lifetime’s The Perfect Daughter is directed by Brian Herzlinger and written by Brian McAuley. This latest two-hour movie stars, Brady Smith as Martin Parish, Sadie Calvano as Natalie Parish, Reiley McClendon as Sam Cahill, Johann Urb as Nick, Blaine Saunders as Tess, Parker Stevenson as Bruce Cahill, Meredith Salenger as Julie Cahill, Lorynn York as Kalie, Patrick Johnson as Hanson Carter, and Drew Rausch as Detective.

Lifetime’s The Perfect Daughter Synopsis

Up until now, Martin Parish has had a beautiful relationship with his daughter, Natalie, who he has raised since his wife died of cancer years earlier. The beautiful camping trips, fishing at the lake, and other father-daughter outings have endeared Natalie to him in a way that makes him think he can never let her go.

However, their relationship is severely tested after Natalie becomes ill after going to an after-school party that took place at the home of Sam Cahill, the town’s popular high school hockey player. By the time Natalie arrives at the emergency room, she is unconscious but stable. Sick with worry about what happened to his daughter, Martin Parish is informed that she fell ill because she was drunk.

Angry and confused, Martin sets out to find out which adult supplied the alcohol at the party. Tempers clash when Martin confronts Sam Cahill’s father about the alcohol, ending with the two fathers going after each other in a bitter battle over whose child is the worst.

Even more devastating, Natalie tells her father that she is pregnant, causing him to overreact with charges of rape against Sam Cahill, who he believes is the father of her unborn child. Natalie is in over her head, and it’s Martin’s job as her father to go up against the Cahills, the police department, and even his own daughter if it will protect her and change her back into the loving responsible daughter that she was before.

Will Martin finally realize that Natalie is no longer daddy’s little girl? Will he ruin their loving relationship while ruining the life of an innocent teen with false accusations?

Brady Smith, Sadie Calvan, and Reilly McClendon give strong performances in the movie, which exposes the sex and alcoholism that goes on at teen parties. Not only that, but Lifetime’s The Perfect Daughter also deals with the grief and pain that a parent goes through once they realize that their children are not perfect. It also highlights the mistakes that parents make based on the fear of losing their children to the world. Check out the bios below of Sadie Calvan and Brady Smith, as outlined at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).

Actress Sadie Calvan

“Sadie began performing in musical theatre when she was seven. Favorite past roles include Alice in ‘Alice In Wonderland’ (2008) at the El Portal, Belle in ‘Beauty And The Beast’ (2008) at The Barnsdall Theatre, Sharpay in ‘High School Musical’ (2009) and Tallulah in ‘Bugsy Malone’ (2011). Other credits include a couple of pilots, guest star appearances on ‘Kickin’ It’ and ‘Crash & Bernstein’ and a recurring role on ‘Melissa & Joey.’ Sadie still spends her summers at Stagedoor Manor, the acclaimed New York theatre intensive whose alumni include Jon Cryer, Natalie Portman, and Shawn Levy.”

Actor Brady Smith

“Brady Smith landed a series regular role on the pilot, ‘According to Bex’ (2005) (aka ‘Everything I Know About Men’), directed by James Burrows. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including ‘White Collar’ (2009), ‘Castle’ (2009), ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ (2005), ‘The Bridge’ (2013). His feature film credits include the Jason Reitman-directed ‘Young Adult’ (2011), ‘2 Days in New York’ (2012) with Julie Delpy and Chris Rock, and ‘Meet My Valentine’ (2015), which he has a ‘story by’ credit and stars alongside Scott Wolf.”

A Marvista Entertainment presentation, The Perfect Daughter is produced by Artificial Person Productions and executive produced by Sharon Bordas, Margret H. Huddleston, Hannah Pillemer, and Fernando Szew.

In the news, there have been several true-story cases of parents hosting teenage parties where alcohol is supplied. Some states have strong policies in place, other states do not. Do your best to set aside some time for this one, folks. The Perfect Daughter airs this Saturday, March 26 at 8/7 p.m. central on Lifetime Television.

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