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Student Seduction (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  5 May 2003 (USA)
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A young, attractive high school chemistry teacher is accused of sexually assaulting one of her students. As she pleads not guilty, the student keeps saying otherwise.

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Christine Dawson is a new, young and attractive high school teacher. Mrs. Dawson wants to help all of her students succeed including Josh Gaines, a troubled student from a dysfunctional family. Mrs. Dawson's concern is misinterpreted by Josh and he fantasizes that she is sexually attracted to him. Eventually, Josh acts on this fantasy and attacks Christine. When Christine reports this, the tables are turned when Josh accuses Christine of coming on to him. With her career and reputation in question Christine fights valiantly to prove that she was the victim of an assault. Written by Kelly E.F. Wiebe <senhue@mts.net>

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I feel dirty for watching this.
2 August 2004 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

Oh boy, where to begin...

First off, it's a Lifetime Network movie, so you should know exactly what you're getting into when you turn to that channel. That being said, I never really sat through one of these long-winded diatribes before. You know right off the bat what's going to happen, and nothing comes as a surprise.

Elizabeth Berkley stars as the new teacher at some generic high school. Being young and attractive, she warrants the wrong kind of attention form some of her male students (and I think one of the girl students, too, but lesbianism is handled with graceful subtlety on Lifetime). After she begins tutoring one of her students, Josh, he becomes obsessed with her.

One thing leads to another, and Josh thinks they have something more than a teacher-student relationship. He forces a kiss on her in the hallway, then flips out and attacks her at home, ripping her shirt but nothing else.

Somehow, Josh's Dad and his lawyers are able to spin it as if it was the hot, young teacher was to blame for the whole thing. Then, the rest of the movie deals with her struggle to maintain her innocence.

You know what is going to happen. You know how it is going to end. Every single character looks plucked straight from the Big Book of Clichés; young, headstrong teacher, her doubting husband, her incompetent lawyer telling her to plead guilty, only one student who believes in her, the slimy cops and lawyers who are seemingly out to ruin one woman's life so some rich kid won't have to spend a month in juvenile hall. It is all so terribly predictable, and everyone acting in the film seems to know it, also.

I still don't get a few things, though. How on earth could those lawyers spin the facts to make Berkley seem like the predator? Wouldn't one tough (but effective) interrogation of Josh show what really happened? The characters seem to perpetuate on a different level where rational thinking and deductive logic make as much sense as looking for WMDs in Iraq (heh).

Now you understand my summary line. It is boring, stupid, pointless. I'm pretty sure these movies will serve as a backfire and hurt the reputation of women in the sense that they will always be viewed as the victim, and never the one who (gasp) is really guilty. Thank God I had three beers before sitting down in front of this one.


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