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(2015 TV Movie)

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Unrealistic Garbage
elly-6259125 September 2017
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This movie is utterly ridiculous.

It fails on so many technical levels. Everything is shot in a flat, boring way. The structure is extremely shoddy. The characters are unrealistic, 2 dimensional and unbelievable. There is a romance between the main character (Amanda) and some other idiot who looks like a discount Harry Styles which comes out of nowhere, contributes nothing to the story, and is extremely insufferable. The acting is bad. But all of this would be excusable as long as the story was good. It's not. The absolute worst thing about this movie is the writing. At one point, one of the characters ODs on Heroin. Now, in theory, this would be an extremely emotional and tense scene. Unfortunately, because the scriptwriters had no idea what they were doing, the scene is laughable. Literally. I was watching this by myself, and I was sat there laughing like a lunatic.

Do not watch this unless you're drunk. Or high on heroin.
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Lifetime after School
wes-connors30 June 2015
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Beautiful, mature-looking teenager Bella Thorne (as Amanda) suffers a knee injury in her high school dance group. She is put on pain medication. While recuperating, red-haired Ms. Thorne meets sexy brunette Daniela Bobadilla (as Riley) who prefers drugs to dance. The girls hit it off and go shopping. Thorne hopes she'll be noticed by wavy-haired Israel Broussard (as Carson Taft), who seems a little slow on the hook up. But he's promised to stick with another girlfriend through high school and college. We eventually have a pill-popping foursome, with Ms. Bobadilla's boyfriend Ross Butler (as Nate) rounding out the quartet. But, as all schoolchildren know, pain medication can lead to heroin addiction and death...

Even viewed as an update of the 1970s "After School Specials", "Perfect High" fails to convey realistic characters in realistic situations. It appears to be a warning and lesson for teenagers, about drugs. Despite receiving a "TV-14" rating, this TV Movie may be most appropriately viewed by that age or younger. They may find the main characters engaging. While attractive, they will likely bore most other viewers. There is one realistic character for writer Anne-Marie Hess, strangely. He is the younger brother Ryan Grantham (as Robbie), who seems like a typical high school teenager. He's so normal, it does make you wonder why everyone comes across as so stupid. But it's nice to stand out when you can.

**** Perfect High (2015-06-27) Vanessa Parise ~ Bella Thorne, Israel Broussard, Daniela Bobadilla, Ross Butler
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Fun movie that brings us through the process of serious addictions in a normal teenagers life
ajholt-7057428 June 2015
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This movie is an excellent depiction of how real addiction can become , even in the most normal teenagers life. Addiction affects millions of young adults every year and the archaic view of it being an illness brought upon by poor decisions is becoming outdated. The reality is even the most normal person can fall down the wrong path through their peers or just bad circumstances; such as injuries and hardships. As long as the problem is caught early enough, any person can be saved from this devastating path. This movie while fun and light at times, has an incredibly serious under tone that progressively picks up as the movie goes on. I'd recommend this movie to anyone, especially people that may have trouble understanding how fast addiction can corrupt even the most pure of souls.
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Not "Perfect" nor "High" in any way.
HaithamB29 June 2015
Perfect High revolves around Amanda, played by Bella Thorne (the one impressive performance), a typical high-school dancer who engages herself with a group of people and soon becomes a drug addict. Life around her starts collapsing, but she cannot help it.

Firstly, the film revolves about a concept that has been overdone a million-times before, and it is no surprise this film is not getting the attention that it anticipates. Frankly enough, this film seems to be going nowhere with its premise, and indeed it doesn't; it is by the numbers teen melodrama that just seems to have an understatement about how social status affects a teen's life, and how everyone is pursuing fame and whatnot. However, I felt nauseated by the fact that the characters in this film are unlikable, except for Amanda (and not all the times). I like how Amanda kinda bonds with her younger brother, which is unique sort-say but still feels withdrawn and overdone before as this whole movie is.

I can't help it but see that this is a disappointing film, and it lived up to my low expectations weirdly enough; a movie should surpass or disappoint, but this movie was just what I expected it to be: which is a nothing movie, with empty gaps that might have been filled up with twisted ideas, yet the writers to the film decided to dedicate the it to its good cause, and when movies choose style over substance (or in this case, being a shameless Ad campaign to raise awareness), it should not have been a movie in the first place, a could see this as an impressive 2 - minutes feature to raise awareness. And that is it for this film, it is not "Perfect" nor "High".
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I like drug movies
Nightmarelogic28 August 2017
First off let me get this out of the way. Drug movies are one of my favorite genres. Lifetime movies aren't always the best but when they have good story lines, good actors, and good writing they can be a good time. This is the story a teenage girl who after getting injured spirals out of control first on Rx drugs and then heroin. I am not exactly in the age range so I don't recognize any of the main actors but they all played their parts well especially Bella Thorne who played the main character. This of course is a Lifetime drug movie so don't expect any award winning material but it is on the high (no pun) end of what the network puts out and it tells a good story of a group of friends spinning out of control. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good Lifetime movie or anyone who likes a good drug movie. This is both.
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Corny even for Lifetime
rubydragonfly885 July 2015
Depending on the subject matter, I like Lifetime movies, but this one was corny even for them. The underlying premise is somewhat believable, but overall the movie seems unrealistic. It has some dramatic scenes, but they're not handled well so it comes off as melodramatic and awkward. Lifetime has made movies of similar content that were much better quality. Also, I get that social media is a major part of a teenager's life, but you can't even read what they're texting/posting and it seems awkwardly done. I don't think drug addicts constantly post about their use on social media. They could've integrated it that much better
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edwagreen26 July 2015
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Run of the mill yarn with the typical theme of a girl getting injured and her use of pain killers leading to addiction from much more dangerous narcotics. Of course, the familiar theme of getting in with a bad crowd is also discussed.

The movie starts off as if it is going to be about the rebelliousness of her younger brother, with his outbursts and defiance to his parents.

Hard to fathom the naivete of the parents who never realize what their daughter has gotten herself into. No, they're not in denial either as they actually at one point think that she is starving herself when she showed a lack of appetite.
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Surprisingly Real
lisaelyea-4648520 April 2019
I had this on in the background while going about my day, but something in the dialogue made me pay closer attention. This is NOT your everyday teen fluff piece. It's dark and gritty and real. It slowly builds the story of opiate addiction from innocently getting hooked on oxy's after a painful injury, to the partying that new addicts enjoy, to the resulting reality of getting really sick from withdrawal and the search for ever stronger drugs leading to heroin use and heroin addiction. I don't want to give away anything more but if you happen to see this in your tv listings, you should definitely watch it.
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nothing new
SnoopyStyle28 July 2018
At Lakewood High, lead dance troupe member Amanda (Bella Thorne) is part of the selfie obsessed generation. She dislocates her knee and is prescribed hydrocodone. Riley wants a friendly handout. She starts going out with Riley's brother Carson and soon she's pulled into Riley's drug world. She spirals out of control.

Bella Thorne works better as the mean girl. This is a scared-straight afterschool special movie of the week. It hits most of the standard drug tropes. Some are cheesier than others. It's not particularly good nor bad. I do appreciate the misdiagnosis by her mother as an eating disorder but by the end, she's a little slow. This is not breaking any new grounds. It travels very familiar roads.
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