Lifetime Film Review: Cheerleader Abduction (dir by Michelle Oullet)


So, here you are.

You’re 17 years old.  You’ve got your entire future ahead of you.  You’re popular.  You’re a cheerleader.  In fact, you’re not just a cheerleader but you’re also the team captain!  Your mother is the mayor of the town in which you live and she’s thinking of running for governor!  You’re looking forward to going to Michigan River University and spending your summers reading a book on the beach.

Except….

Well, you’ve been throwing up a lot.  Could it have something to do with what happened at that party a few weekends ago?

Yep!  You are pregnant!  But you can’t tell your mom, because she’s got so much going on right now.  And you can’t tell your friends because they’ll spread it all over the school.  They still haven’t forgiven you for missing the last cheerleading competition.  However, there’s a nice woman who claims that she’s been through the same thing that you’re going through.  And, she just happens to run an underground adoption agency!

That’s pretty much the plot of Cheerleader Abduction.  According to the imdb, this film was originally entitled A Secret To Keep, which is actually a far more appropriate title.  The entire film is about Olivia (Jerni Stewart) trying to keep her mother, Trish (Kristen Harris), for discovering that she’s pregnant.  While Trish is busy running for governor, Olivia is secretly quitting the cheer squad and hanging out with Pam (Sarah Constible).  Pam seems to be friendly but, whenever Olivia turns her back to her, Pam’s smile quickly disappears.  In a Lifetime film, that’s all the evidence that you need to know that someone is up to no good.

To be honest, the fact that Olivia’s a cheerleader really isn’t that important to the plot.  She could just as easily have been a theater student who missed her cue because she was getting an ultrasound in the middle of a performance.  I guess her being a cheerleader is meant to establish her as being one of the popular kids at school but still, it’s not really enough of a plot point to justify changing the film’s title.  As far as the abduction is concerned …. well, nothing that could really be considered an abduction occurs until pretty late in the film.  Instead, the majority of the film is taken up by Olivia attempting to prevent Trish from picking up on the fact that she’s pregnant.  (“I hope she’s not sick.  She just got over that stomach flu.”)  It’s all about Olivia trying to keep her secret.  A Secret To Keep is a far more appropriate title, though it doesn’t quite have the same melodramatic snap to it as Cheerleader Abduction.

Anyway, this one was okay.  As everyone should know by now, I like Lifetime movies in general and Cheerleader Abduction featured all of the things that I tend to look for when watching a Lifetime film.  There were enough lies and melodrama to hold my attention and I thought Sarah Constible did a good job playing the outwardly friendly Pam.  That said, I had a hard time taking the idea of Trish being a candidate for governor seriously.  It may be because I’ve just lived through an election but there was nothing about Trish’s political career that rang true.  Not that it really matters, of course.  You don’t watch Lifetime movies for a realistic portrait of American politics.  You watch them for the secrets and the lies and Cheerleader Abduction featured enough of both to be entertaining.

One response to “Lifetime Film Review: Cheerleader Abduction (dir by Michelle Oullet)

  1. Pingback: Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/23/20 — 11/29/20 | Through the Shattered Lens

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