Another Duff Husband for Haylie

Haylie Duff in His Secret Family (2015) (aka: A Secret Life)

Sarah (Haylie Duff) is happily married to Jason (David O'Donnell), they have a son Brandon (Judah Nelson) and they live in a stunning lakeside home. There are but 2 negatives in Sarah's life, one is that Brandon has a rare illness which might require a transplant and secondly Jason's work as a salesman sees him leaving home for long periods of time. But with bills mounting on their stunning home Jason goes missing and when Sarah gets in touch with friend of the family Detective Sharpson (Parker Stevenson) he begins to suspect that she may actually have been involved in his disappearance. Now Sarah is going to have to try and find Jason on her own and what she discovery's is going rock her world.

How do I approach this review of "His Secret Family" because the title really explains it doesn't it? So we have the usual set up of the lovely wife with the perfect family and frankly the most beautiful home suddenly having her world torn apart when her husband disappears one day. And of course what she discovers after some time is that her life is all a lie and he has as the title says a secret family. Oh there is the complication of a son who has a rare illness but everything seems by the by standard.

Now I had better say spoiler alert because I can't sell this movie to you without giving something, although not everything, away. Where as usually in this sort of secret family movie it is told from the perspective of the adulterous husband's main family, in this case Sarah and her son are the secret family and Jason the creep will do anything to keep them secret from his real family. So that is the twist, the attempt to make "His Secret Family" stand out from all those other secret family movies and whilst it is a play on the usual the revelations are not enough to make this stand out.

Now what is kind of interesting about "His Secret Family" is the casting as Haylie Duff is in a typical role of the wife married to the wrong guy but then you have Parker Stevenson of all people in the role of the detective and that is what is intriguing. Usually you would have the nice guy detective fall for the cheated wife but there is none of that here and you wonder why they didn't go down that route with a younger actor in the usual detective role.

What this all boils down to is that "His Secret Family" is a play on the usual theme but the play on it isn't spectacular enough to make this stand out from the crowd. In truth the only thing spectacular in this is the stunning lakeside house.

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