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"Blue-Eyed Butcher" doesn't cut very deep

If you're going to watch one of these based-on-a-true-story movies, it probably helps if you don't know how it all turns out.

That was the case for me with "Blue-Eyed Butcher" (8 tonight, Lifetime), the story of a Houston, Texas woman who stabbed her husband about 200 times after, she claims, years of abuse. I never heard about this but it must have been a big deal; the film includes footage of Nancy Grace discussing it and perhaps even coining the title 'blue-eyed butcher.' (That Nancy!)

The film interweaves the trial with the back story. Pretty, blonde, innocent, sweet Susan (Sara Paxton) meets Jeff (Justin Bruening) at the beach; he's a drug user and a strip joint devotee but he decides it's time to settle down and there's something about Susan. When Susan gets pregnant (either accidentally or with calculation, depending on your point of view), he proposes. After all, they love each other.

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