|The Client List|
|Written by||Suzanne Martin|
|Directed by||Eric Laneuville|
|Starring||Jennifer Love Hewitt|
|Theme music composer||Richard Marvin|
|Country of origin||United States|
Jennifer Love Hewitt
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Original network||Lifetime Network|
|Original release||July 19, 2010|
The Client List is a television film that premiered on the Lifetime Network on July 19, 2010. It starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and was directed by Eric Laneuville. The film is a fictionalized dramatization of a 2004 prostitution scandal in Odessa, Texas. It follows Sam Horton, a mother of three who becomes a prostitute to meet her financial obligations.
The Hortons are facing a financial crisis after both Samantha (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and her husband Rex (Teddy Sears) lose their jobs. The family of five are potentially awaiting foreclosure of their home. Rex Horton, a former football star, sustained a knee injury that caused him to lose his job in construction and makes him unfit to work. In a last-ditch attempt to save the family home, Samantha takes a job at a massage parlor but soon learns that these are no regular 'massages'. Prominent members of society form the so-called "client list" that Samantha initially refuses to cater to, however, when she sees the paycheques she has a change of heart. While her earnings increase, she hides the true nature of her job from her friends and family; including her mother Cassie Montgomery (Cybill Shepherd). Soon after she becomes the most popular masseuse among the clients, she is arrested by the DA (District Attorney) for prostitution. Samantha cooperates and helps the DA to form the 'client list' in order to receive a shorter sentence. When Samantha is released from jail, she tries to turn her life around but is confronted by the clients' wives who want sex advice from her. The story abruptly ends when Samantha returns to college and takes a seemingly normal job as a waitress.
The Client List drew in an audience of 3.9 million viewers and was the highest rated program for the evening amongst female viewers between the ages of 18 and 49.Entertainment Weeklys Ken Tucker considered it a typical Lifetime film that "offer[ed] cheap thrills … while offering moral uplift." Calling it "malarkey," he felt that Hewitt was able to sell the film to the audiences due to her "talent for communicating sincerity and charm."
The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Jennifer Love Hewitt in the category "Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television," but lost to Claire Danes starring as Temple Grandin in the film of the same name.
On August 10, 2011, it was announced that Lifetime had ordered production of The Client List television series based on the film. Hewitt acted as the lead role and also served as an executive producer. The series however, was a re-imagination of the film (with Hewitt's character having a different name from the film), and was not a direct continuation of the film's story line. The series premiered on April 8, 2012. On November 1, 2013, Lifetime cancelled the series after two seasons; the final episode of the series aired on June 16, 2013.