Bob Mahoney
Leah Greenblatt
July 21, 2015 AT 03:53 PM EDT

Lila & Eve

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/17/15
performer
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez
director
Charles Stone III
genre
Drama, Thriller

We gave it a C

The Vigilante Parent genre isn’t new—Liam Neeson’s mad-daddy squint has basically been weaponized at this point—but moms rarely get to wreak their own righteous havoc on screen. Viola Davis attempts to rectify that as Lila, a single mother set adrift after her son’s senseless murder until a woman in her grief support group (Jennifer Lopez, talking tough and wearing discount pants) urges her to go where a seemingly indifferent police force won’t. Alas, even a promising premise and a fine actress like Davis can’t save an increasingly ludicrous plot. Justice may be served, but screenwriting logic? Not so much. C

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