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The Cheating Pact (2013)

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With help from her mother, a teenager must prove that two fellow students framed her for murder.

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Jordan Coleman
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Liz Hamilton
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Three high school students, Heather, Kylie, and Jordan, under pressure from their parents to get into good colleges, convince a shy but very smart girl, Meredith, to take the College Entrance Test for them. After Meredith gets a low score on one of the tests, she winds up dead in a mysterious accident, and now all three kids are suspects in her murder. Heather soon finds that she is being framed for Meredith's murder by the other two and must team up with her mother, Brenda, to prove her innocence. Written by Anonymous

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Getting into the right college can be a matter of life and death

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28 September 2013 (USA)  »

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This movie is loosely based on the "Long Island Cheating Scandal", the story of Samuel Eshaghoff and several other Long Island teens who were implicated in a cheating scandal in 2011. The teens paid thousands of dollars to make sure they scored highly on the SAT & ACT. See more »

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When Ms. Walters is talking to Jordan on the football field her hair is being blown around by the wind in the shots from behind, but perfectly calm in the shots from the front. See more »

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well made, no big surprises, but enjoyable
25 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There weren't a lot of plot twists here, but still, not being familiar with whatever real events were behind the story (at least I think there were real events; not fascinated enough to go look it up ATM), I didn't know exactly what was going to happen. Like any disaster movie, we watch to see things go horribly wrong, because somehow we get something from doing so. Are we just glad it's not us? Are we vicariously enjoying the thrill of the danger, safe in our seats? Maybe we like watching people be worried and scared. Why would that be?

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of movies to scratch that itch. "The Cheating Pact" is one. What starts off as a relatively minor case of cheating on college entrance exams spirals out of control, and we get to watch all the kids and their parents and friends reacting to a situation they (for the most part) don't even know is happening.

The film-making quality is pretty good. The production values are fine; this isn't a giant explosions and cars going over cliffs type of movie, so it really comes down to story, acting, directing, and editing, all of which are sufficient to make this an enjoyable watch.

I think the question a movie like this should inspire is "what would I do?" in the shoes of one or more of the characters. There are some good questions to ponder here. Would you cheat, if your parents were pressuring you to do better? Would you help someone else cheat, for money, if you needed the money? Would you trust your child if they said they didn't cheat? There are other, bigger questions which this movie begins to raise about the importance of college, social pressures, intergenerational expectations, and more. However, it focuses its energy on the individuals and relationships directly in front of us, and by doing so it stays tight and avoids coming across as pretentious or overly preachy.

7/10 for me.


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