Lifetime’s Perfect High is not your typical ‘girl injures her leg and becomes addicted to heroin’ story. Bella Thorne‘s high-octane drama, based on real-life events, is a cautionary tale about the dangers of drugs. And dance.
Thorne stars as Amanda, a high-school dancer whose life spirals into disarray when she suffers a nasty fall — hence her new nickname, “that chick who fell” — during an intense rehearsal. How far into disarray does it spiral, you ask? Our girl Mandy falls into a seriously bad crowd, whose members demand she feed them her pills. (They’re collectively like the plant from Little Shop of Horrors, only hotter.)
After discovering that her new pals are knowingly doing heroin, Amanda attempts to dance again, only to be stabbed in the back by
Tiny Lucy Hale her old “friend” Ali. So it’s back on the H-Train for ol’ Mandy, though she swears it’s only going to be a short ride; “Maybe this will help me get through my audition,” she says while sticking a needle into her arm.
But it doesn’t help Amanda’s audition. In fact, she loses her solo to
Tiny Lucy Hale Ali, becomes even more addicted to heroin and watches her new BFF Riley die from an overdose. (Now she’ll never grow up to be a stylist!)
Until Amanda eventually comes clean — so to speak — with her parents, they remain ignorant to their daughter’s
obvious gradual deterioration. After one especially wild party, in which Amanda smokes too much oxy and hits her head on the edge of the bathroom sink, she gets away with telling her parents she just had “a couple of beers.” They commend her for her honesty, then turn her over to her doctor… who prescribes her more pills.
Like most Lifetime films, there are plenty of life lessons to be gleaned from Perfect High. I rounded up the 10 most vital nuggets of knowledge:
1. When someone is suffering, they just need to be told, “hashtag get over yourself.”
2. It’s super annoying when people flaunt their injuries on social media.
3. Any friend who uses the phrase “status update” in real life is destined to steal your dance solo.
4. “Facebook is for old people.”
5. Yard sales are apparently great opportunities for stealing from the elderly
6. It’s OK to upload videos of your friends tweaking out, but only if you do it at “upload o’clock.”
7. On the flip side, it’s really not OK to show up high to your girlfriend’s memorial.
8. Never trust your younger brother not to rat you out; he will always rat you out.
9. One mustn’t visit one’s friend in rehab without taking a #RehabSelfie.
10. And, most importantly, never join a dance team. This is what happens.
So, did you enjoy Thorne’s journey down the rabbit hole as much I did? Grade Perfect High below, then drop a comment with the life lessons you took away.