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Perfect High

Last night, Perfect High premiered on Lifetime, and there were several reasons why I decided to check it out. First, it was lead actress Bella Thorne‘s edgiest role to date, and as I’ve been lucky enough to encounter and interview the star at many points in my career, I had to support her project. Then, I’ve heard a lot of buzz surrounding another lead actor in the film, Ross Butler, who has also recently appeared in Disney Channel’s Teen Beach 2 and my personal guilty-pleasure TV show, K. C. Undercover. Finally, it’s a Lifetime movie, which is guaranteed to be equal parts overdramatic and crazy, which is exactly my kind of Saturday night. 

The story follows a group of teens who find themselves quickly getting out of control with their drug use. It all started when Bella’s character, Amanda, injures herself in a school dance routine performance and starts taking hardcore painkillers. The combination of her gradual addiction to the prescription meds and her desire to fit in with a new friend group who keeps hitting her up to share her pills leads her to get even more carried away with her using until she finds her body entirely dependent on medications. The group accidentally gets slipped some heroin, and they find themselves addicted before they even know what they’re taking.

I was surprised to see that the movie didn’t hold back on anything. There was no moment too gritty, too shocking, or too real to showcase. I was actually shocked to see how in-your-face the drug use scenes were: they were the kinds of scenes you’d expect to see in a rough indie flick and not a TV movie during primetime. But it didn’t come across as gratuitous or just for the sake of being shocking and edgy. Instead, it really accentuated how quickly someone can fall under the spell of a friend group or a wildly addictive substance. Bella did a great job portraying the good-girl-gone-rogue, and the movie had overarching teaching moments without being in your face about the life lessons.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Lifetime movie without there being over-the-top and far-fetched ridiculous moments. The characters’ parents are almost comically uninvolved with their lives (just to accentuate the point that teens left to their own devices will get in heaps of trouble) and too many adults and school officials turned a blind eye to the teens’ out-of-character actions and shrinking bodies. But I didn’t find these stray details to be too distracting, and I still enjoyed the story.

If you get a chance to watch it, make sure to circle back and let us know what you think!

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About Kristine Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief Kristine is 25 and lives with her parents in the fabulously tan New Jersey. She writes all about teen celeb fashion and beauty as the Web Editor of TwistMagazine.com. She has previously worked fashion and accessories at Lifestyle Mirror, the beauty closets of Marie Claire and Seventeen, and wrote about celebrity babies as HollyBaby Editor of HollywoodLife.com. Clinton Kelly told her she looked fabulous - twice. When not quoting Tolstoy or catching up on her Twitter feed, she can be found watching iCarly or perusing the clearance racks at Bloomingdales.

One comment on “Perfect High

  1. The stars all did a great job portraying their characters. I too was surprised at the mostly real moments in the Lifetime entry. Most of their movies go just for the shock value. I would recommend that kids and parents alike watch and discuss this film.

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