Lifetime's latest film, Starving In Suburbia, aired last Saturday and was very good to me. Laura Wiggins (who has already starred in 2 other Lifetime movies, "Girl, Positive" and "The Cheating Pact") did very well in this movie as the insecure teen dancer who turns to anorexia to control her weight. Callie Thorne also does well in the role of the concerned mother trying to help her daughter.
The premise of the movie is that teen dancer Hannah (Wiggins) is shown a Thinspiration website by a fellow dancer friend, which is a community of people who treat anorexia as a way of life and treat the act of being skinny like a religion. The scenes where Hannah "chats" with ButterflyAna seem a little unrealistic in the way they discuss their intentions, but since I haven't met anyone with anorexia, I might not know how seriously they take weight loss.
I also applaud the movie's ending, which shows Hannah's wrestler brother, Leo (Brendan Meyer) is revealed to be anorexic after passing out during a match, being hospitalized, and dies. He is also revealed to be a person that tried to warn Hannah early on that ButterlyAna was a bad influence on her. That was a really nice twist, even though I dislike the father's reaction to the revelation ("He's a boy! He's an athlete!" Seriously? Are people really still that naive?)
Now that I've gotten my praise out of the way, here's some negatives about the movie: 1. The title. I don't feel "Starving In Suburbia" is a good title for it. The original title "Thinspiration" was a better title. 2. The sub-plot involving Hannah and her friend Kayden's boyfriend was pretty unnecessary and could have been cut from the movie entirely. It was dug into for about 2 minutes and was then completely abandoned. 3. In the end, Hannah goes to see ButterflyAna (Izabella Miko) at her house and confronts her about causing her brother's death. How did Hannah find her? I don't think she would've posted her address on the website, and it seems way too convenient that she's within driving distance of Hannah's house. 4. Hannah's confrontation with ButterflyAna felt way too short and kinda shoe-horned in. It should have been at least a few minutes longer.
But nevertheless, this movie was very good and one of Lifetime's best.
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