Oh Lifetime movies. Forever scaring us into never having sex.
Their newest film, A Killer Among Us, starring Tess Atkins, Tom Cavanagh and Boris Kodjoe, revolves around a murder which occurs the morning after the victim’s daughter loses her virginity. For the entire movie, even after they solved the mystery, I couldn’t shake the theory that Alex’s (Atkins) mother was murdered to punish Alex for having sex.
It seems that Lifetime operates under the same school of thought as the TV show The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which has, on more than one occasion, linked teenage sex to horrible consequences like expulsion from school and parental death. I have therefore come to the conclusion that Lifetime and ABC Family are working together to promote teen abstinence by scaring kids’ pants shut.
Alex perfectly fits the Lifetime teen girl archetype. She’s the smartest student in Advanced Placement World Literature (a course which does not officially exist by that title, adhering to Lifetime’s strict “no facts” policy). She’s also kind of naive but refreshingly spunky. And her life is ruined by sex.