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Justice for Natalee Holloway Review

by | May 30, 2011 | Lifetime Premiere, Reviews, The 2010s | 2 comments

WML Guess Synopsis

Lifetime knew they needed to make a movie out of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and the scum-bagness of Jordan Van Der Sloot and this is what they threw together in a couple months.

Actual DirecTV Synopsis

The mother of a missing teenager works with law enforcement officers to find justice for her daughter.

Level of Attention While Watching: Cheating Bastard

Devoted Husband: Was giving the movie 100% of my attention

With Wife, but Thinking of Mistress: Watching the movie, but not giving it my full attention

Cheating Bastard: I wasn’t paying much attention to the movie at all

Tracy Pollan

Tracy Pollan

Beth Holloway

Beth Holloway is played by Tracy Pollan who has never been in anything huge.  Her performance didn’t blow me away and I almost think they could have gotten the real Beth Holloway to play the part.  Pollan looked a lot like the real Beth Holloway just a little bit more Hollywood and OC housewife.  She has this real deep southern accent too that really detracted me from listening to her and just sounded cheesy.

Stephen Amell

Stephen Amell

Van Der Sloot

The scumbag Jordan Van Der Sloot, that I’m sure many of you are familiar with, is played by Stephen Amell.  At first I figured Amell was just a model turned actor, but I don’t think that’s the case.  Looks like he’s done some theatre at St. Andrews and then did acting classes out in LA.  I thought his performance as Van Der Sloot was good, but he was certainly a lot better looking and in a lot better shape than the real Jordan Van Der Sloot.

Grant Show

Grant Show

Jug

Grant Show is the most recognizable face in Justice for Natalee Holloway.  Show plays Beth’s ex-husband Jug, with a name like Jug, he certainly has a career in college football coaching if his current profession doesn’t work out.  Show has done a lot of different roles but I think I mainly recognize him from “Melrose Place” back in the mid 90s, even though I didn’t watch it, my sister did.  I’m serious only she watched it.

The Movie (with spoilers)

First of all, I won’t lie… I classified my level of attention while watching this to “Cheating Bastard” but really it should be “Filthy Cheating Bastard” as I think I was cheating on the mistress that I was cheating on my wife with, if that makes sense?  I took few notes on this movie, watched it in 30 minute spurts and really only had it on in the background.

I guess this movie is kind of a sequel to “Natalee Holloway” which aired back in 2009.  I never saw that one though, but it looks like that one included a lot more Natalee and gives a more detailed story about her disappearance.  “Jusice for Natalee Holloway” focuses more on chasing down Van Der Sloot (Amell).

“Justice for Natalee Holloway” starts out with Beth Holloway (Pollan) trying to chase down Van Der Sloot and get him convicted of the disappearance of her daughter.  Van Der Sloot seems to be a pretty big scumbag and some of the things Beth would try and do whatever she could to get a confession out of him.

Van Der Sloot needed money to feed his gambling addiction and used his connection to Natalee Holloway to get money from Beth as he said he’d tell her details about her daughter’s disappearance.  Beth seemed to kind of almost trust Van Der Sloot to give up information for the money but that was just a bad idea.  There was a sting operation in which Beth was hoping to get a confession and/or more information about Natalee’s disappearance from Van Der Sloot, but he ended up getting out of there and not giving them a whole lot.

Eventually Van Der Sloot fled to Peru and was out clubbin’ with women and then he brought a woman back to his hotel room and she then found out his name and Meerar-ed (Fake Search Engine) him and then all the information on him came up about how he was a suspect on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and then the girl tried to get out of there and he killed her.  After he killed that girl he got out of there and was eventually locked up.  Beth got to have a face to face with him and told him how terrible of a person he was, so that ending was kind of justifiable.  I bet in real life Beth went crazy on the real Van Der Sloot.  That kid just looks like a punk, Stephen Amell didn’t look like as big of a douche as the real Van Der Sloot.

As for Grant stow playing Beth’s ex-husband, Jug, he was just kind of in the movie here and there, for moral support.

Doppleganger

Justice for Natalee Holloway - Beth Holloway Doppleganger

Looks like Beth Holloway is about to track down T-1000 not Jordan Van Der Sloot.

Fake Search Engine

Fake Search Engine - Meerar

Hard to see from this picture, but the fake search engine used is Meerar, looks A LOT like something called Google…

Meerar Autocomplete

The autocomplete feature of Meerar looks A LOT like Google as well…

Closing Thoughts

Watching this movie was painful and even trying to write a review of it was painful as you could probably tell by the terrible writing quality (not to say my other reviews are examples of quality writing).  The subject of trying to bring a missing girl’s killer to justice is just a tough one to capture in a movie and then it’s even harder to watch it and try to write a review for it when you usually want to find ways to make fun of the movie.  I do hope Jordan Van Der Sloot is in prison the rest of his life though, I think we can all agree on that.