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Thursday, April 23, 2009

She Fought Alone

Seriously what's up with this cover? I don't remember him being that tall when the two of them were on 90210 together. This movie has a fun casting fact. In the film She Cried No, Zach (Mark Paul Gosslear) from Saved By The Bell rapes D.J. (Candace Cameron) from Full House. In She Fought Alone, Zach's girlfriend Kelly (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) gets raped by D.J's boyfriend, Viper (David Lipper).

Tiffani plays Caitlin, a new girl accepted into the most popular group in school. Caitlin falls hard for Ethan and the two hook up. Caitlin learns that Ethan is no longer interested and she is expected to hook up with his friend, Jace. Jace is less than enthused by her rejection and rapes her.

Unfortunately for Caitlin, no one believes that she was raped including her own mother. Jace and the rest of the popular crew vow to shut her up. However shutting her up consists of graffiti, nasty notes, and prank phone calls.

Caitlin has the opportunity to graduate early but her mom won't let her. After all she can't miss prom or graduation. Ahh prom and graduation with a bunch of people harassing you, memories like that can't be bought. The school is equally unhelpful protecting her, the boys punishment is being banned from a couple of games, which only succeeds in making them angrier.

Caitlin's supposed best friend leads her into a trap where the popular boys hack off her hair and threaten her. Only then does Ethan feebly "stands up" for her, too little to late in my opinion. Eventually Caitlin sues the school and of course wins.

The ending is extremely surreal. Caitlin is heading off to college but first she visits her former best friend. The friend is pregnant with Jace's baby and it's implied that she was raped too. Her excuse for betraying Caitlin was that if she really had been raped, it would've made them look like whores. Okay, that makes sense really.

She visits Ethan, who is staying behind and actually feels sorry for him. She even kisses him before saying goodbye. Don't pity the guy who barely stood up for you while his friends harassed you. Do doughnuts in his driveway while flipping him off.

To make this film's ending even worse, she has a flashback/montage of all the good times she had with the crew set to Blues Traveler's Hook. One of her fond memories is running through a field crying, with her hair hacked off. Ahh good times.

Next up for review Go Ask Alice.


Abigail Watson said...

I remember seeing this movie for the first time on YouTube, and it was really neat!
Plus, David Lipper, who played Viper, the nice-guy guitarist on Full House, did a fantastic job playing Jace, the bad guy, in this film!

Anonymous said...

This was, and remains to this day, the most disturbing made for TV movie I have ever seen. Not so much because of the rape itself, as it is par for the course for lifetime movies, but just the horrible way her friends treated her and how the school officials just looked the other way when all the harassment was going on. This movie seriously scarred my 12 year old self back in the 90s.

nikki said...

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Sadako said...

Wow, this is so twisted. In TV world these kinds are so clean cut and then in Lifetime movie world, everyone rapes everyone else's girlfriend. Ugh, David Silver, way to stand up for your girlfriend even if she did fuck things up royally on 90210.

And Viper!!! I never knew he did anything besides look cute on Full House.

Haha, I can't wait to see you do the Go Ask Alice movie. When I recapped the book on my blog, I found out that there was a movie...with Shatner as her dad. Yeah, I'd do drugs do if I were Kirk's daughter.

(insert name here) said...

I just watched this movie in FACS (because we're learning about rape) and I actually enjoyed it. Although I do see where you're coming from.