When I saw the 1996 version with Fred Savage and Candace Cameron, I remember being invested in it all the way through. I remember feeling every emotion that Stacy (Cameron) felt, even though I hadn't experienced what she did. This remake is just as outstanding as its predecessor with Matreya Scarrwener playing the main character, now named Sarah, and Callan Potter as Rob, her devoted boyfriend. When I say devoted, I mean devoted to controlling her and abusing her every step of their relationship. This is a true story about a 16-year-old teen who murdered his 14-year-old girlfriend. A boy who felt justified in inflicting physical, emotional, and mental abuses at Sarah, then who showed no remorse, just cold empty soulless eyes as he was sentenced to a life sentence in 1992 for first-degree murder. A story of a boy who moved fast onto his victim, made her, yes, made her be with him, stay with him, no matter what he did to her, who refused to let her have any friends, who blamed her for his own insane jealousy and fits of anger. Scarrwener honors Amy's (whom Sarah is based on) memory. The entire movie, she is happy, bright, enjoying life, and when Rob hurts her, she cowers, feels guilty, loses her vivacity all the while trying to please him. Watching her endure the torments of her abuser tore at my heart. She had a wonderful support system, primarily her best friend and mother, but she felt obligated to stand by Rob. And when she left him, he still found a way to trick her just once more so that he could kill her. Shannon Doherty plays Sarah's mother with grace, a loving mother who can't see the darkness her daughter experiences because Sarah is too ashamed to let her know. She is so good at excusing Rob's behavior, at hiding her own pain, at doing whatever it takes to appease him that it just grips your very soul. Young adults need to see this film, and the original. There are so many important lessons here for young teens, for parents, for friends of the abused and the abuser.
No One Would Tell
No One Would Tell
Laura is happy for her daughter Sarah when she begins to date the popular boy from school Rob. It is only a matter of time before Rob begins to reveal his darker, more possessive side.
January 12, 2021