#WhenLoveKills: The Falicia Blakely Story – TV Review

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story – TVOne – 2 hours and 0 minutes

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story

Falicia wanted to make enough money to get out of her mom’s home.  When her minimum wage job wasn’t enough to get what she needed, Falicia was introduced to stripping by her cousin.  At first, she is awkward and uncomfortable but as her money, attention, and alcohol increased, it was easier to strip.  While working at the club, she met Robert.  Robert gave her all the love and attention she wanted and he didn’t care that she stripped.  But when she became pregnant, he disappeared.  Now, Falicia is stripping to take care of herself and her child.  So when Big Dino comes to the club and showers her with attention and gifts, she gives him private dances and her loyalty.  Even when Big Dino is in jail, he provides money for her rides home and prenatal care.  So when Big Dino gets out and tells her she is too good for the club, she quits.  Soon Falicia starts making plans to take classes, but Big Dino reminds her that classes cost money.  And to get the money, she needs to dance.   Falicia is back in the strip club and starts turning tricks in the champagne room.  But when she says no to a paying customer, Big Dino headbutts her.  With an apology, some gifts, and a declaration of love, Falicia decides to stay with Big Dino.  Since Big Dino is taking care of her and her daughter, she vows to make him proud and never make him mad again. That vow will make her pimp, rob, and kill.  Falicia will pay a horrible cost for her loyalty to Big Dino. And Falicia confesses it to the one person that needs to learn the lesson she was taught too late.

Based on a true story, this is a tragic tale of a little girl lost.  You will see how Big Dino manipulates Falicia to keeping herself trapped by blaming her, taking care of her, and using responsibility as trust and love.  However, Falicia was the biggest pawn in his game.  He constantly promises a better life and her low self-worth makes her an easy target for him.  Falicia’s reality is warped because she wants to make Big Dino proud and make a better life for both of them.  But she doesn’t understand that he will never be happy and always want more.  Director Tasha Smith has brought out the best in Lance Gross and Lil’ Mama.  Lance uses his nice guy persona to trap you in, then he can quickly snap to the abuser.  It’s remarkable to see this change in his acting ability.  Lil Mama proves she can hold her own in any role.  As she delves deeper into Falicia’s dark side, you can see her eyes go vacant.  This is a standout, career-making role for her.  This movie is a must see.  Stop Domestic Violence

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Dino gonna be real proud – Falicia

How am I suppose to believe that you love me when you don’t even listen to what is say – Big Dino

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