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Story of a Girl – Review
Story of a Girl – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Three years after Deanna’s sex tape with Tommy went viral, she is still feeling the effects at home and at school. Her father Ray still belittles and judges her constantly. In addition, 3 months after the sex tape, her brother Darren got his girlfriend Stacey pregnant. Ray correlates the sex tape with the pregnancy. Her brother blames Tommy, his ex-best friend, for the tape getting out. Her mother Debbie is just trying to keep the peace at home. Deanna is trying to get her life back on track by getting a job at a Craven’s Pizza. She hopes to save enough money to move out of her parents’ home and move in with Darren, Stacey, and their baby. Johnny, the owner, thinks Deanna would be a great fit and that she will get along with her new coworker. Deanna is floored when she sees her new coworker is Tommy. The more she tries to accomplish growth from within, her family is falling apart. She has to keep it together or fall prey to her past mistakes.
Based on The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr, this is not a typical Lifetime movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). A normal watcher will quickly hate the dad, the brother, the ex-boyfriend, the sister-in-law, and the mother. But each character starts to grow and heal when they are honest and release their feelings. You will be shocked by the twist and turns this movie takes as Deanna tries to gain some form of control over her life. This is a good one to watch and discuss with your teen(s). It will create a great foundation to discuss love, respect, manipulation, and responsibility.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Fight back – Darren
Look at you. Ms. Sunshine looking on the bright side. I can barely get through the day – Stacey
Well excuse me if I want something better for you than this – Ray
Yeah, in the biblical sense – Tommy
3 years ago. That would have made you a felony – Johnny
I can’t keep doing this – Debbie
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy – Review
Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy – HBO – 1 hour and 9 minutes
With twenty years since the Princess of Wales Diana passed away, the HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry sit and talk about their mother’s life, love, and legacy. Her brother Earl Spencer talks about her childhood and how the absence of her mother lead her to want to take care of others, starting with him. Also, she developed a compassion for those who have lost someone in any way. Several childhood friends spoke about her time with them and how she was easy to tease. Her lady in waiting Ann spoke about her life behind palace walls after her marriage to Prince Charles. She wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of reporters during her marriage or the harassment of the paparazzi after their divorce. HRH William and Harry talk about the how their parents’ divorce affect them and how Princess Diana did everything she could to ease their pain. And now that she is gone, they continue her work with HIV awareness and landmine dismantling.
Since her life and death were so well documented, it’s hard to believe you will learn anything new about the People’s Princess. But you learn more about her childhood and the impact her life had on others. She was the first royal to be photograph shaking hands with HIV patients in the 1980s. She went to Bosnia with two landmine victims and started a writing campaign to have landmines dismantled. And after she died, her sons found her letters and continued her work. This movie is about how one woman’s compassion became her legacy to help others, which continues today and will carry on in the future.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Be as naughty as you want but just don’t get caught – HRH Prince Harry
She was always caring for little people. And I guess I was the first little person she cared for – Earl
She understood there was a real life outside of palace walls – HRH Prince William
She was the first man in to give a helping hand – Carolyn
She was quite easy to tease – William Van Straubenzee