After a teacher becomes supposedly becomes ill at Union School, Oklahoma, Native American teenager Brandi Blackbear (Alia Shawkat) is accused of putting a hex on the teacher and suspended. ... See full summary »
After a teacher becomes supposedly becomes ill at Union School, Oklahoma, Native American teenager Brandi Blackbear (Alia Shawkat) is accused of putting a hex on the teacher and suspended. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Blackbears file a lawsuit against the school to help clear Brandi of witchcraft accusations perpetrated by an overly zealous, religious community. Written by
I was 21 when I first saw this movie on Lifetime 3 years ago, far away from the BS of high school dramatics. But I have to say this was an amazing film on how stereotypes and rumors can ruin someone's life and is very realistic. It reminded me of when I was around 16 and in high school dealing with similar issues. My first girlfriend was into wicca. Her whole family had been for 3 generations. It was their religion and she was taunted and put through the blender just as Brandi was in the film. It later boiled over onto everyone who was associated with her just as Brandi's family and friends were drawn into it. Lifetime has been moving to a trend in the last few years of making movies like this. I for one am actually kind of glad they've started to. The horrible feelings and frustration that can come from being outcasted and harassed are captured perfectly in this film. It gives teenage audiences a chance to relate to something and know it's alright to be different and they shouldn't be ashamed of it. This film has a lot of touching moments as well though. Especially between Brandi and her family. The ending was very moving and gave a brighter rise from the drama of the body of this film. I enjoyed it and I'd love to catch it on television again sometime. I say that anyone who's ever gone through this similar type of situation, or anyone who was ever outcasted, taunted, or has been through hell over a choice or their religion should definitely check this one out. It's well worth the watch.
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