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Good TV movie. Important message about the effects of high school bullying.
This is probably the first feature length film that I have seen about teenage cyber bullying. It tells a cool story about a teenager that trusts the wrong people and looses her friends, her reputation at school and almost her life. It teaches a valuable lesson about trusting strangers and also has some mystery as she tries to figure out who is the person that pretty much ruined her life. In this film the tension builds up when every next day of her life gets worst and worst.
But at the start of the film the plot twist gets ruined when you see the person who is disguised as a stranger, and it makes no sense what so ever. It's also funny at the end when the main character stands up to her bully and says that "Bullying is not nice." and after that bunch of people stand up and say the same thing which could work in a teen comedy but in a serious movie like this it's just silly and stupid.
Watched this with my daughter last night and was actually surprised at how well the message of being careful of who you allow into your cyberspace expecially here on FB is brought across (A discussion I personally am quite strict on...just ask my kids) Family channel cutie pie Emily Osment stars in this as teeny bopper Taylor Hilridge who after receiving her own laptop for her birthday, decides to open up an account on a social network aka FB (Although on film the site is not known as this) this amongst her close freinds causes a a supposed young 'hotty' boy named James to ask for her online friendship acceptance, seeing how cute he is it's not long at all before the two become quite chatty.
Unbeknowst to Taylor (Osment) the whole James account is a sham only to say nasty things about her online which in turns upsets her and ends up turning a majority of the school body at Hillredge High against her. Although this film may play out to some similar to an ABC After School Special of the week the message is brought across to teens nicely. Should be played in my mind as part of any regular school curriculum. Just maybe if this drilled into our young generation's heads enough it will maybe if not stop the school bullying issues or at least subside the amount of teen suicides that are occurring cause of this major problem?
This was a heartbreaking movie that caused me to think very deeply after. I cannot imagine how cruel some people can be... and how immature. This movie was inspired by a real-life event that sadly has a more tragic ending than this movie. This movie teaches valuable life lessons like sticking up for yourself, not returning insult for insult, and being strong in who you are and not letting others control your emotions. Osment is very believable in her character and gives an excellent performance. See this one with your kids!
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