Monday, July 28, 2008

Cyber Seduction

When I told my girlfriend, Terri, that I was a die hard fan of Lifetime movies, her eyes lit up and she told me of the legend of Cyber Seduction. Cyber Seduction was to be the greatest and most alarmist Lifetime movie that I was ever to set eyes on. The anticipation was so strong that it made the air thick. When we finally caught it on our DVR, the excitement was palpable. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present Cyber Seduction.

The film opens with a teenage boy who was just wailed on in a fight. Black eye, facial cuts, the whole nine yards. He's standing by a pool. He jumps in, presumably to drown himself. Is it even possible to drown yourself in a pool? Purposefully, I mean. That's impossible, right?

And now, flash back to three months ago. Justin is an all-state swimmer with a hot girlfriend who loves her some Jesus and two supportive parents. He's got it all!

When Justin makes state, the evil football players take notice. They try to invite him into some kind of jock clique. Inclusion to the clique is pretty easy. You just have to watch some porn on leader Tim's WebTV and bone the brains out of school trollop Monica. Monica is so stereotypically whorish that she maintains a website where she is in various states of undress. Someone sends the link to Justin and the descent into madness begins.

By the way, Monica looks way too much like Miley Cyrus. Associating the lady wearing nothing but lingerie with Miley Cyrus is a one way ticket to Megan's List.

Now, this is Lifetime. I understand that they are walking a fine line when it comes to what they can show and what they can't. But, good grief, seeing Monica in a Catholic school girl outfit with a small amount of cleavage is not pornography. It's Halloween. And, yeah, it's creepy when Justin takes his mouse cursor and continuously moves it around Monica's virtual knockers, but are we really supposed to believe this is addicting?

I guess we are. After no time at all, Justin is slowing down in the pool. He even manages to only get third at a big meet. Third! The indignities of bronze!

This is where Justin's mom begins to see a problem. She was a swimmer herself and she knows that Justin was suffering from lack of focus. She remembers that one time she saw something kind of porny on Justin's computer and immediately decides he is addicted. Because teenage boys looking at porn is just not normal.

Things devolve further when Justin's mom, Diane, tells her husband that they can no longer afford a weekend vacation to San Francisco. Why? Because third place isn't going to cut it for swimming scholarships. That's how much crazy pressure this witch is putting on Justin. Bad mom o'clock.

Justin continues to download "pornography." Of course he doesn't masturbate. This is Lifetime for Pete's sake! Instead, he downs energy drinks with an unprecedented gusto. He goes through a case in a week! Crazy!

At one point, Justin's nine-year-old brother catches the porn on the desktop. In exchange for promising not to tell, Justin shows him what's up. The brother is immediately addicted and is soon enough showing his peers and stealing CD copies of Justin's porn. Specifically, a disk titled...

Wait for it.....

Wait for it.....


That is a sexy, sexy title.

Also, Blogger spell check says that "vaginas" isn't a word. But "penises" makes it through. Those sexist assholes.

The mom finds Virgin's Vaginas in the kid's underwear drawer and now both kids have Hell to pay. They both lose computer privileges and Mommy buys a porn blocking application.

Justin finds ways around this of course. Downloading porn on to his Christian girlfriend's PDA? Check. Using the library computer to look at boobies? Check. Or, my favorite, using Timmy's WebTV to look at bondage porn. This doesn't go over well with Timmy and the football clique decides to boot him out of their social circle.

Monica still wants to fuck his brains out though. After all, Justin isn't getting what he wants (virgin vagina) from his current girlfriend and she is always listening to Switchfoot. As Monica so sweetly points out, "Switchfoot is for altar boys." Altar boys? Maybe. But Switchfoot is definitely for morons.

Diane is further convinced that Justin's porn habit is a debilitating addiction when she talks with a friend. This friend, you see, got divorced because her husband was addicted to Internet pornography. She warns Diane that porn will ruin Justin's life.

And it almost does when Justin is caught looking at porn on a school computer. This puts Justin on all sorts of probation. Not to mention the shame of having your parents come to school because you were getting boners in the school library. Justin is now super grounded.

But that doesn't stop him from sneaking out to go on a date with Monica. Monica takes him to the master bedroom and promptly starts taking off her clothes and dry humping our protagonist. But Justin soon realizes that the fantasy doesn't always live up to the reality and decides to abandon ship. Monica doesn't take rejection too well and has a hissy fit. She kicks Justin out of the house, goes to the bathroom, looks at herself in the mirror, and, I swear to God I am not making this up, starts screaming and smashes her head into the sink. Her head is completely split open.

Around this time the Christian girlfriend is finding porn on her PDA and Justin is totally dumped. He's hit rock bottom. He apologizes to his family and tries making amends with the Christian girlfriend by offering to go to church with her. She won't take him back, but remains open to friendship.

Then, while walking back from his girlfriend's, he's kidnapped by the football clique. You see, they think Monica's wounds (which now somehow include a black eye and a bunch of facial cuts) were caused by Justin beating the shit out of her. Oh, how I wish that's what happened.

Justin walks to the school and decides to jump in the pool to kill himself. But while he's underwater, he thinks about swimming, his family, his ex-girlfriend, and all the other non-porny things he has to live for. He decides to live! The end.


I mean, it was what it was. If you can accept the fantasy that seeing a girl in a sexy outfit can lead to ruin, then the film was more than competent. No glaring plot holes, no terrible direction, competently acted. Not bad.


I guess it all depends on how much humor you derive from someone drinking Red Bull as a substitute for jacking it. In the first 45 minutes of the movie, I was convinced this movie would rate a solid 10 in this category, but it gets old. The movie finds a high plateau of ridiculousness and stays there. After a while, it needed a push. And then Monica splits her head open. Done and done.


Diane was played by Kelly Lynch. Hey, memo to Lifetime casting agencies, if you're making a movie about the evils of Internet pornography, don't cast someone whose boobies are on the Internet (nsfw).

Anyways, Kelly Lynch was in Road House which, uh, I admit I've never seen. I've heard nothing but good things. It's a cinematic blind spot and I apologize.

Timmy is played by Kyle Schmid. This is notable because he plays the exact same role in the excellent David Cronenberg movie A History of Violence.


A kid is in trouble. Only a woman's intuition and God can save him!


Sorry, Terri, it's not the greatest Lifetime movie ever. But it's damn good. It lags in the middle, but the beginning and end are not to be missed.


Emm said...

This one is available in full (split into I think 12 parts) on Youtube...

Becki Lee said...

Just discovered your blog, and man, it is hilarious! I haven't seen a Lifetime movie in years, but I find myself oddly compelled to do so now. This is...good?

Anyway, your commentary is awesome (you don't write for Television Without Pity, do you?), but my favorite part is definitely the rating system and its scales of awesomeness. Awesome scales of awesomeness. Or something.

Anyway, keep up the (awesome) work!

HRH King Friday XIII said...

Classic. I wonder which brand energy drink was lucky to land a Lifetime spot? Red Bull: it gives you... boners?

Ilinana said...

GOOD LORD THIS IS MY FAVORITEST LIFETIME MOVIE OF ALL TIME! I CAUGHT THE REAR END OF IT (ahahaha) ABOUT A YEAR AGO started my love affair with Lifetime movies, just as Boa and Python ignited my flame with Sci-Fi. I never knew the name of this movie, and so I thank you for making this post and opening my eyes. Now I can ferret it out. Internet Porn Kid's legend will carry on!!! NEVAR FORGET!!!

Katie said...

You rule.
This blog is serious awesomeness.

The last Lifetime movie I saw was The Ninth Circle. Amazing!... Dante references, an eskimo Dad with burn out rocker looks, Kelly I'm- married-to-a-gay-man-and-we practice-Scientology Preston (sad.), an after show interview with writer Jodi Picault... it was awful (good!).

I like to think they make them lame on purpose, so the women watching can bond through laughter.

Terry said...

Thanks again for making me keel over with laughter. I do love your site so...

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mary sue said...

Your blog is fantastic! I also have a love affair with Lifetime movies... and ABC Family Christmas movies!

Have you seen She's Too Young? DVR it and you won't be disappointed!

Alanna said...

Rusty, there was an absurd movie on Lifetime the other day starring Hayden Pannettiere and that blond woman from Nip/Tuck. It included alcoholism, lesbianism, and a dead man in a freezer. Please review.

MarioBava said...

I think the Hayden Panatierre movie was called LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME. I swear the guy Hayden's mom killed had a disappearing goatee in a couple scenes.

Today's a good day for Lifetime-- they have SHE'S TOO YOUNG and ODD GIRL OUT and some evil Cheerleader movie.

Love the blog!

Kim said...

This blog is amazing! Fantastic job. PLEASE tell me you watched "Fab Five" and are doing a write-up. It has cheerleaders! Tatum O'Neal! A porn store! A plethora of awesomeness.

Sada said...

Wait, wait... Virgin's Vaginas? As in, one virgin with multiple vaginas? I'm praying it is so!

Kate said...

i looked on IMDB and monica is played by someone names nicole dicker. DICKER! how perfect is that?

also, i think the proper term is vaginae, not "vaginas." spellcheck seems to think so.

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Anonymous said...

I have a theory about why Monica is such a G-rated temptress. It started when the Lifetime executives went down to the writers and said, "Write a script about a teenager who visits the worst porn sites on the Internet and it ruins his life." So the writers -- who knew a hell of a lot more about the Internet than the Lifetime execs -- took the directive seriously, and wrote a script about a teenage boy who gets into Tubgirl, meets her at some (nearly literal) shithole, and everyone is disgusted with him.

The Lifetime execs saw the script, liked the overall flow, but realized that it needed to be cleaned up if it was ever to see TV. So as a result, Tubgirl became a mostly-dressed cheerleader, he hung out with her at an Applebee's (apparently), and they drank soda together instead of I don't even care to guess. So all the details were cleaned up, but none of the disgust and outrage was dialed back, and everyone is absolutely flipping out at a teenage boy who likes an attractive cheerleader.

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