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Flashback Friday-Odd Girl Out (2005)

Bullying in school has unfortunately been a part of many people’s educational experience for quite a few generations. The question is, can the young person being bullied rise above it or will the bullies win?

In the 2005 television movie, Odd Girl Out, (based on the book of the same name by Rachel Simmons) Vanessa (Alexa PenaVega) is part of the popular crowd. She is best friends with Stacey (Leah Pipes), the queen bee of the school. When Stacey finds out that they both have a crush on the same guy, Vanessa is not only kicked out of the popular crowd, but is also mercilessly bullied by her former friends. Can Vanessa regain her sense of self or will her bullies win?

The thing that strikes me about this television movie is that unlike other television movies about the high school experience, this movie felt real, raw and frankly quite painful. It is a reminder that bullying, especially in the school setting hurts and can potentially have life long negative consequences.

I recommend it.

 

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Scents and Sensibility (2011) Vs From Prada to Nada (2011)

2011 gave us two very different modern reboots of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Both very interesting movies, trying to put Sense and Sensibility in a different light.

Scents and Sensibility (2011)

Cast: Elinor Dashwood (Ashley Williams) and Marianne Dashwood (Marla Sokoloff)

  • Pro’s: It is very faithful to the novel, with the exception of a few modern changes.
  • Con’s: It screams Hallmark movie, which is fine if you enjoy that type of movie. It’s just a little bland for my taste.

From Prada to Nada (2011)

Cast: Nora Dominguez (Camille Belle) and Mary Dominguez (Alexa PenaVega)

  • Pro’s: This adaptation is very close to the book, again with some modern changes. I also like that there is an ethnic, multi-lingual flavor to this movie.
  • Con’s: None.

And the winner is…. From Prada to Nada. But that is my opinion. Maybe you prefer Scents and Sensibility.

 

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