GIRL FIGHT (Lifetime) Advance Review

Lifetime debuts its latest movie based on teenagers living on the edge, GIRL FIGHT, tonight. Girl Fight tells the story of 16 year old Haley, a self described brainiac who, now that she is in her senior year, desires to have some more fun. Enter the popular girls led by Alexa. After Haley does Alexa some small favors, Alexa welcomes her into the fold. Unfortunately, not all of Alexa’s friends feel the same way and it only takes some comments on Facebook to ignite the anger that many of the girls seem to have.

You may recall the story that this is based on. The girls decide to exact their revenge upon Haley for “talking trash” about them by luring them to Alexa’s empty house and taking turns beating her, all the while taping it to upload to the internet for instant fame. Although the girls were arrested and charged before the home movie could ever be loaded, the prosecution and police department did ultimately release parts of the video to the media.

Girl Fight stars Anne Heche as Haley’s mother, Melissa, Jodelle Ferland as Haley, and James Tupper as Haley’s father, Ray. All three of them were excellent in this movie. There were times that I was frustrated with Anne Heche’s character as she seemed too blase about Haley’s changed behavior when she began hanging out with the girls. Ray went the way of yelling and grounding, but Melissa just seemed to stand by and blithely say “oh, you are just making it worse” or “it is not going to help” without offering any idea on how to help other than to just let Haley do what she wanted.

The story itself is engaging and sticks with you long after the movie is over. How do a group of girls turn on another so quickly? And how do they just as quickly decide to jump her and beat her as severely and for as long as they did and then film it? The only issue I had with the movie was the repeated showing of the video. Naturally, it is the forefront of the plot. However, at times the flashes or viewings felt gratuitious. Not only are we there when it happens, but then we see parts when the girls are about to upload it, when it is discovered, when Haley’s parents watch it, when the detectives watch it, when the media releases it, when Haley watches it and so on. At some points, it was just too much.

Having said that, though, I would definitely recommend this movie. The movie kept up a good pace throughout managing to hold the viewer’s interest for its entirety. The actors were all good, including those that played the girls that did the beating. And, as I said, it is something that sticks with you and makes you think about it later.

So tune in tonight to Girl Fight on Lifetime at 9 pm ET/PT and then come back here and tell me what you thought about the movie.

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