TUBI EXCLUSIVE: Prisoner of Love (2022)

Vicky White was a respected jail guard just getting ready to retire, a widow with no children, who found herself in a special relationship with one of her prisoners, Casey White. This went from extra food on his tray and special privileges to her selling her house for cash and going on the run with him for eleven days before he was caught and she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Directed by Jodi Binstock and written by Guy Nicolucci (Tubi’s Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial), this stars Nicholle Tom (Maggie Sheffield from The Nanny, Ryce from Beethoven) as Vicky — to be fair, she’s way more attractive than the real thing but isn’t that the point of a made for TV or Tubi movie? — and Adam Mayfield as Casey.

It’s a strange film because while so much is based on life, there are also moments of off humor, like Vicky leaving town while all the rest of the guards are trying to throw her a sad retirement party with a grocery store cake that was probably thrown together in moments despite her having a 17-year-career at the jail and being a four-time employee of the month. Or how obsessed she is with tanning. Or how Casey keeps calling her Taylor Swift. Or when she finally gets to fulfill all of her fantasies with him, he’d rather fold a pizza in half and eat it all by himself.

This happened on April 29, 2022 and somehow, Tubi was able to get a movie on the air before the end of the year. That’s the kind of scummy filmmaking that old made for TV movies and cash-in exploitation films can only dream of. Maybe we should be forgiving of the fact that this depicts Evansville, IN as having a Piggly Wiggly and palm trees. I mean, I always thought Haddonfield, IL had at least one of those.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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