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A Reason to Believe (1995)

R | | Drama | 27 October 1995 (USA)
A popular girl on campus, Charlotte, attends a wild party while her boyfriend Wesley is out of town. When she realizes she has become too drunk, she leaves the party. But Jim, who she ... See full summary »

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Jim Curran
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Charlotte Byrne
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Wesley
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Linda Perryman
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Judith
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Potto
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Lisa Lawrence ...
Alison
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Prof. Thurman
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Dean Kirby
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Constance
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Eric Sayles
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A popular girl on campus, Charlotte, attends a wild party while her boyfriend Wesley is out of town. When she realizes she has become too drunk, she leaves the party. But Jim, who she danced with at the party soon joins her and she becomes forced into a sexual encounter. Feeling ashamed and self-blame, it is difficult for her to find the courage to speak out. When she does, many of her friends do not believe her. Meanwhile, Jim honestly does not think what happened that night was rape. But as members of his own fraternity and campus feminist groups begin to unpiece the grey areas, the ensuing experience challenges the trust and friendship of college students who thought they would be friends forever. Written by <cfskip@aol.com>

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Sometimes the people you know the best are the ones you can trust the least.

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Rated R for strong sexuality and language, substance abuse and a rape | See all certifications »

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Before Holly Marie Combs decides to get hot and heavy she pulls his shorts down to his ankles. The next scene we see her ripping a condom open with her teeth and he is again wearing shorts while laying back on a table. See more »

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Another he said, she said...
17 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

But the story is well told, and as another review mentioned, not bad for a small budget TV movie.

Allison Smith is very good in her role as Charlotte, a student who has a date rape experience. At first she seems to doubt herself. Fearing loss of her boyfriend, she hesitates.

She is also contacted by the campus rape prevention group. Basically she wants nothing to do with it. At first. Everyone is out for themselves, their own agenda, she notes.

Then she realizes that the same thing can happen over and over, unless someone takes a stand. Jay Underwood is also good as the culprit. While they were at a fraternity party, he gives the other side of the story. There are however not just black and white issues here. Where to draw the line? This movie is to be commended because it shows the confusion, mixed messages and impulses which can often lead to court cases or tragedy. Many times it is misunderstanding, or binge-drinking, or rage and retaliation.

At any rate if you have a daughter going to college this film addresses some key issues. Actually, it is relevant for most. 8/10.


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