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Helen has met the man of her dreams, Jackson Baring. Jackson takes
Helen home for the holidays to meet his mother, Martha Baring.
Beneath Martha's refined Kentucky smile lurks a woman determined
to bring her son back to Kentucky to take over his birthright,
Kilronan. Ultimately, the young woman finds herself trapped in
a desperate fight for her marriage, her newborn baby and, finally,
for her very life.
PROFANITY: Extreme but infrequent. SEX/NUDITY: One quick flash of rear nudity. One mild sex scene. VIOLENCE: Infrequent and not graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent smoking and drinking by one character. ACTION: None COMEDY: None
Hush has three very simple problems: it's incredibly dumb,
it's incredibly boring, and it's incredibly predictable (at least up
to the stupefying ending). Most entries into this worn-out,
worm-eaten genre aren't especially good. Films like Consenting
Adults, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, and Single White
Female rely on stock plots and predictable twists to propel the
narrative along. In general, however, they're directed with a
degree of competence that assures a level of sustained tension.
That's not the case with really bad thrillers like this, which fail
to generate even a momentary heart palpitation -- the characters are
too bland and the plot is too uninvolving for anyone in the audience
to care. Indeed, the title of this movie probably refers to what
the producers hope viewers will do in lieu of telling their friends
what they really think of this sorry piece of celluloid.
Helen has met the man of her dreams. Handsome, loving, and from
a well-to-do family, Jackson Baring is a young professional with
a bright future on Wall Street. When Jackson takes Helen home
for the holidays to Kilronan, his mother's sprawling horse breeding
estate in the lush Kentucky countryside, she is awestruck by the
stately, resplendent farmhouse that seems the ideal spot for a
picture-postcard Christmas. At Kilronan, Helen meets Martha Baring,
Jackson's mother and 'the other woman' in his life. A radiant
widow passionately devoted to her only son, Martha's genteel Southern
charm spills over like molasses. Having grown up without parents,
Helen instantly warms to this impressive woman, the larger-than-life
grand dame of Kilronan who has single-handedly held the farm together
since Jackson's father's death.
Beneath Martha's refined Kentucky smile, however, lurks a woman
with an agenda-to bring her son back to Kentucky to take over
his birthright, Kilronan. The one threat to Martha's plan is her
son's new lover, whose dream of domestic happiness is about to
become a nightmare. Put directly in Martha's unforgiving path,
Helen becomes little more than a puppet with her mother-in-law
pulling the strings. Soon, she begins to suspect that Martha has
engineered a variety of troubling coincidences around the estate
and has told lies to cause several misunderstandings between the
Slowly, Helen learns that Martha's seemingly innocuous over-mothering
masks a deeply distressed woman who needs to control those around
her. As Martha's manipulations escalate, Helen is lured into a
vicious web of deceit and betrayal until she discovers, almost
too late, that her mother-in-law is not only disturbed but dangerous.
Ultimately, the young woman finds herself trapped in a desperate
fight for her marriage, her newborn baby and, finally, for her
very life in the fiery conclusion of Hush.