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Flashback Friday-Perfect Body (1997)

The statistics around eating disorders are startling and scary, to say the least. It has become an epidemic, taking the lives of otherwise healthy people.

In the 1997 television movie, Perfect Body, Andie Bradley (Amy Jo Johnson) has only one dream: to be a part of the Olympic American gymnastics team.  She gets her shot when David Blair (Brett Cullen), a respected gymnastics coach, agrees to work with her. On top of the pressure to train, Andie is also receiving pressure to lose weight. At first, she tries dieting, but that is not enough. Then her one of team mates shows her another way to lose the weight. Sure, it’s easier, but in the end, it may be Andie’s undoing.

While having the main character as a gymnast with dreams of going to the Olympics is a little too predictable, the movie overall is not that bad. The message about eating disorders is cloaked in such a manner that the audience forgets that there is a lesson and a warning underneath the narrative.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

 

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Throwback Thursday-Susie Q (1996)

The genre of teen fantasy romance is an interesting one. Depending on the writer(s), the narrative and character arc can be either predictable/boring or compelling/different.

In the 1996 television movie Susie Q, Susie Q (Amy Jo Johnson) is a teenager in the 1950’s. She and her boyfriend are killed in a car crash. Decades later Zach Sands (Justin Whalin) moves into Susie’s former house with his sister and widowed mother, Penny (Shelley Long). Zach will soon discover that not only are they are not alone, but Susie’s ghost still haunts the property and he is the only one who can see her. In her own way, Susie tries to help Zach’s family and of course, it goes without saying that a romance develops between Zach and Susie.

Does this movie require a lot of thinking on the part of the audience? No. But it’s harmless and mildly entertaining.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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