Lifetime TV Movie review: Salem Falls

“I know what it’s like to have everything go wrong for so long that you don’t deserve any kindness.”

Several unfortunate people with tragic events in their pasts collide in Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls, the movie based on the bestselling novel by Jodi Picoult. Jack McBride (James Van Der Beek), a prep-school history teacher arrives in Salem Falls and quickly takes a job as a busboy at the local diner run by Addie Peabody (Sarah Carter). She’s dealing with her alcoholic father and her daughter’s death Jack and Addie quickly bond while he also attracts the attention of a spoiled high school student (AJ Michalka) who dabbles in Wicca with her two friends. Mixed signals, false accusations, doubts and hidden secrets bubble to the surface. Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls doesn’t particularly stand out as past life time films [The Preacher’s Wife starring Rose McGowan have]. It lacks tension. Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls brings together a bunch of desolate people with miserable stories.

Jodi Picoult’s Salem Falls premieres on Lifetime Saturday, November 19 at 8pm ET/PT.

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