Disclaimer: This article contains Cheeky spoilers, Alyssa Milano’s new movie on Netflix.
What do you get when you take Alyssa Milano, bestselling author Nora Roberts, Dominatrix and Murder Mystery, and put those things together? A very watchable movie on Netflix, aka Cheeky.
Brazen, which started streaming on Netflix Thursday, is based on the novel Bronze virtue by Nora Roberts, originally published in 1988. Some plot updates have been made to fit a modern setting – for example, the victim in the book is a sex phone operator, while in the movie, she works as a domineering cam girl for web clients. The film was directed by Monika Mitchell, while screenwriters Suzette Couture and Donald Martin adapted the screenplay. The cast includes the former Charm star Alyssa Milano, as well as Sam Page and Malachi Weir.
Although the movie is only 90 minutes long, sometimes you just want to know who doesn’t know, right? Don’t worry, Decider is here to help. Read on for the Cheeky summary of the plot, as well as the Cheeky end explained.
CHEEKY SUMMARY OF THE PLOT:
Grace Miller (Alyssa Milano) is a famous mystery writer known for her ability to penetrate the killer’s head. Her book tour is cut short when she receives an urgent call from her sister Kathleen (Emilie Ullerup) asking her to come visit her in Washington, DC When Grace arrives, Kathleen tells her sister that she is on the mend of her life. drug addiction and hopes to recover visitation rights to see her young son. However, Kathleen’s ex-husband Jonathan Breezewood (David Lewis) is an asshole with high-profile connections, and he does everything he can to keep Kathleen away from their son. But, says Kathleen, she has something about Jonathan: She has proof that Jonathan is stealing his family’s trust, and she plans to use that proof to blackmail him.
Unfortunately, Kathleen’s plans are interrupted by her untimely murder. While Grace is on a date with Kathleen’s cute next door neighbor, a police detective named Ed (Sam Page), someone breaks into Kathleen’s house and strangles her to death. Grace is, of course, devastated and insists on being involved in the police case to help solve the murder. She soon learns that her sister was leading a secret double life, moonlighting as a domineering cam girl named Desiree.
The investigation begins. Grace’s main suspect is Kathleen’s ex Jonathan, but police say he has a strong alibi. (He was at a political fundraiser at the time of the murder.) The police are more interested in investigating Kathleen’s cam girl clients. While visiting her sister’s alumni – Kathleen’s day job was to teach high school English – Grace receives advice from a teenage boy named Jerald Baxter (Matthew Finlan), who is the son of ‘a senator and who seems to have had a special relationship with his late teacher. The advice turns out to be a red herring, but it leads the police to a kid named Richie (Jack Armstrong) who works for the cam girl company, called Fantasy Inc, and secretly has access to and shares the performers’ real identities.
Then another cam girl is murdered by a masked attacker who is filmed. He whispers “Desiree” as he attacks, which was Kathleen’s stage name. Meanwhile, ex-husband Jonathan and star student Jerald act weirdly at the funeral. Grace meets Jerald’s mother, the Senator, who apologizes to Grace for her son’s “boundary issues”. When Grace impresses the police captain with her analysis of the body position of the two victims after their murder, she is officially added to the investigative team as a consultant.
Grace receives anonymous flowers for “Desiree” with a menacing note that says she belongs. This brings them to the credit card of a businessman whose son, Rand, was in Kathleen’s class. The police question Rand (Daniel Diemer) and have the distinct impression that he is hiding something. Then another dominatrix is attacked and she survives. She reports that although she did not see her face, she was attacked by a teenager wearing a fancy watch. Rand owns a fancy watch! But, it turns out that everyone in their class owns this watch – it was a classy gift. Wah wah. Then Grace learns that Rand has a romantic relationship with Richie, the former employee of Fantasy Inc. For some reason, this detail clears him of any suspicion of murder.
Grace comes up with a new plan to catch the killer: she will wear her sister’s cam girl costumes and become the new Desiree. They will instigate the killer to attack him and then arrest him.
WHO IS THE KILLER IN CHEEKY? CHEEKY END EXPLAINED:
The killer in Cheeky is the polite young son of Senator Jerald Baxter. Uh! It’s not exactly a huge twist. The police realize that Jerald is the killer after Jerald tries to kill Rand at school and shout that Kathleen is “his”. . (Really guys? Couldn’t you spare a cop to watch Grace?) Of course Jerald isn’t home when the police arrive. He’s at Kathleen’s, ready to attack Grace. But first, he confesses: He killed Kathleen and the other Dominatrix because he was in love with Kathleen, and hated her leading a double life. “They were all Desiree!” He said, which is also his unhealthy way of justifying attacking other cam girls.
While there were early hints that Jonathan Breezewood may have hired Jerald to murder Kathleen and then Jerald got carried away, this also turns out to be a red herring. Jerald acted alone and Grace records her confession on tape. Jerald shoves Grace a bit, but Detective Ed rushes to save the day. The movie ends with Grace and Ed on the couch, kissing happily. Oh !
And that’s all! As for the murder mysteries, Cheeky is not exactly a revelation. But there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes of your day, right?
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