Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as a mother who will do anything to support her family…even being paid for sex, The Client List premieres July 19th at 9pm on Lifetime ** 2 Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 7/19/2010 – “Her whole life she’d been told she was beautiful,” says The Client List star and executive producer Jennifer Love Hewitt. “It was about her and how pretty she was and how that was going to make her find her way. When we see her in the movie, all the big dreams she had for herself and her husband and her marriage are being tested. When you’re dealing with three kids running around all day, you don’t have time to do your hair and makeup, to feel beautiful.”
The Client list is the story of Samantha Horton, a wife, mother of three and former beauty queen in Texas who was raised to expect to use her physical assets to get ahead. With her husband unable to support the family, Sam looks for a job as physical therapist. Desperate to avoid foreclosure on her home, she accepts a job as a massage therapist instead. A lot more is going on than massages.
“I really felt for Sam and her story, her struggle,” says Hewitt. “It starts with her being desperate and wanting to help her family.” The Client List is inspired by the true story of the Healing Touch massage parlor in Odessa, Texas.
The actual client list is a MacGuffin, plays a minor part of the movie. Lifetime has a built an audience on stories about women in peril, who have made bad decisions, but these movies, including The Client List, are melodramatic to the level of not feeling like entertainment. A too rare humorous moment is when Samantha is confronted by the wives of some of her clients after she gets out of jail. They want to know what she did that they’re not doing. There’s a banana involved.
Cybill Shepherd, playing the role of Sam’s mother, is there to help care for the kids, but is very critical of her only daughter. Her husband, played by Teddy Sears, doesn’t notice what Sam is up to despite the clues.
On the MyLifetime website, one of the user-generated comments is a note from Francisca, a woman who says she worked at a prostitute at the Healing Touch but luckily had quit months before the arrests. According to her, the reason the prostitutes there were desperate to make $300 to $500 a day was to support a $200 a day cocaine addiction, that cocaine, not foreclosure, is what drove the women there to prostitution.
Love Hewitt, who’s also the star of the CBS television series Ghost Whisperer, released in March her book The Day I Shot Cupid. While promoting her book, she created a stir on The George Lopez Show when she mentioned her book describes the latest trend in bikini waxing known as vajazzling. Swarovski crystals, typically in the shape of a heart, are glued on as body decoration. “It looks like a little disco ball down there,” she told George Lopez. She received thousands of tweets and more than 2,000 Facebook posts in reaction.
Love Hewitt says she enjoys pole dancing. “I have a pole in my house now,” says Love Hewitt. “I’m dedicated to it now. It’s part of my workout regimen. It works muscles you didn’t know you had. It’s a different kind of sexy.” She says that shows she likes to watch at home on her TiVo include So You Think You Can Dance, The Vampire Diaries, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, The Bachelorette, and Dance Your Ass Off on Oxygen.
The Client List stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Samantha Horton, Cybill Shepherd as her mother Cassie, and Teddy Sears as her husband Rex Horton.
The Client List premieres July 19th at 9pm on Lifetime.