Last night, after I watched UnGodly Acts, I watched The Bride He Bought Online.
Why Was I Watching It?
The Bride He Bought Online actually premiered a few months ago but, for some reason, I missed it. Even though all of my friends told me that I had not missed much, I took a solemn vow last December to watch every Lifetime film released this year. So, when I saw that The Bride He Bought Online would be airing again last night, I made sure to watch it.
What Was It About?
This is the story of three teenage girls who have a blog where the specialize in doing mean things to their friends and occasionally to complete strangers. Kaley (Annalisa Cochrane) dreams of making the blog so successful that she’ll be able to sell it for so much money that she won’t have to bother going to college after high school. Mandy (Lauren Gaw) is a former unpopular girl who is now awkwardly trying to decide if she really wants to be a mean girl. And Avery (Anne Winters) is the responsible one who worries that Kaley is going to go far.
And Avery has ever right to be worried because Kaley does go too far. Pretending to be a mail order bride, Kaley starts an online relationship with a dorky guy named John (Travis Hammer). Convinced that he’s finally found a woman who will love him, John sends her money and even takes guitar lessons so that he can serenade his bride to be. When he spends hours waiting at an airport for his nonexistent bride to show up, Kaley and Mandy record him and then upload the video to the blog.
Up until this point, you’ve been feeling pretty sorry for John. But it turns out that John is actually a pretty dangerous and unstable guy. Once he figures out what has happened, he kidnaps the three girls and makes plans to sell them to a group of human traffickers.
A lot of people have told me that they didn’t like The Bride He Bought Online but I thought it was actually a very well-done and well-acted film. It’s a great example of one of my favorite Lifetime movie genres — the Everything Bad That Can Happen Will Happen genre. Yes, it’s melodramatic and it’s a bit extreme but then again, that’s kind of what we want from Lifetime.
Plus, I’ve had friends just like Kaley, Mandy, and Avery. Their friendship felt very real to me. Also way too plausible was the character of John. As played by Travis Hammer, he was both pathetic and scary at the same time.
What Did Not Work?
Lifetime movies are always so phobic of the internet. Anytime someone says that they have a blog, you know that something bad is going to happen as a result.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I’m happy to say that, even at my brattiest, I was never as bad as Kaley. However, I did know quite a few girls like Kaley and I often found myself wondering just why exactly I was friends with them. So, in the end, I related to Avery.
Be nice or you’ll get sold to the Russian mafia.