Mommy Dead and Dearest

Child abuse, mental illness, and forbidden love converge in this mystery involving a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare.


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  • ★★★★ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd

    A documentary is only as good as its subject and its access. This one has good access to an incredible subject.

  • ★★★★ review by Kait on Letterboxd

    I watched this with my mom and I kept having to tell her "I would never do that to you I would never hurt you in a million years I LOVE YOU"

  • ★★★½ review by beca on Letterboxd

    Is there a way for me to fast forward in time to see the inevitable follow up doc to this..?

  • ★★★½ review by Silent J on Letterboxd

    So how long now until we get the movie adaptation starring Melissa McCarthy as DeeDee?

  • ★★★★½ review by Scumbalina on Letterboxd

    I've been post-poning this review all week because I'm having a hard time centralizing my thoughts on such an insane set of crimes. I'm still struggling to find my points so instead I'll comment on the most memorable parts.

    *Gypsy's pink chipped finger nails, painted special for the murder.

    *Dee Dee's parents flushed her ashes down the toilet.

    *The footage where Gypsy is at Disney World eating "royal mashed potatoes", and how transparently phony her excitement was for the potatoes.

    *Disney character BDSM pics.

    *The psychological relief and sexual gratification after the murder/at the crime scene/at the hotel/at his parents house. Like nothing happened. No remorse.

    Despite her abuse I get a strong sense that she has never known anything other than being a victim. Both in reality and for show. This will likely be the case for the rest of her life. I feel for her but she's fragile and dangerous.

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