Without Consent (1994) - Review
TW/CW: This movie features talk of mental illness and suicidal-ideation in ways that I feel teeter on a very fine line. There is use of straight jackets as well as bed restraints, among other antiquated medical practices, including unecessary sedations. Yes this movie was made in the nineties and not 2021, however recognizing context of the time period doesn’t free it from not being triggering.
I also acknowledge that there are several real life conversations going on at the moment surrounding youth treatment facilities, not so far separated from this fictional one and how traumatizing that are. (Paris Hilton and Bhad Bahbie are just a few of the voices talking about them.)
I’ve been on a teen Lifetime Movie kick these last few days and this one always seemed to come recommended right after the others that I watched, so I figured why not give it a shot. Now it wasn’t technically a Lifetime movie, from what I can gather, however it was a made-for-tv film, so I’m gonna just lump them all together, cause the shoe fits and this movie is gonna wear it.
Laura (Jennie Garth) is slipping down the wrong path. She’s flunking out of school, making out with boys while her parents are out for the evening and she’s even failing to fill out her college applications. She has a dismissive attitude when she talks to just about any adult figure in her life. Home isn’t great either and the relationship she has with her parents, especially her mother is a rough one. Needing to be anywhere else, she goes and has a few drinks with her “boyfriend” Eric, but since he’d rather hook-up than be the friend she needs, Laura leaves his place intoxicated and drives drunk. After the accident, her school and her parents feel like they have no choice but to send her to Meadowbrook, a teen treatment facility for troubled teenagers.
We know how these movies go, we know how overdramatic and sensationalized they make them on purpose and we know that even at their wildest, for some reason we still continue to watch. Maybe the early 90′s had that edge to them, but I feel like this movie in particular was a bit less cringe than the other one’s I’ve seen recently, that were made in the early to mid 2000′s. Maybe this one had more depth or something cause I was just so engaged the whole time. Even when I saw parts that could have been fleshed out more or things that I thought were trash altogether, I still thought better of Without Consent as a whole. In the genre, this one was for sure decent and actually had me on the edge of my bed for a moment. (I’m telling y’all that I literally went from laying down, chillin, to sitting all the way up, ready to see some ish go down.) Definitely want to dive more into the 90′s era of this edgy, teen, made-for-tv (Lifetime movie) genre, cause apparently as much as I liked the 2010′s, this one has them “newbies” beat.
Spoiler(esk) Thoughts Below:
My first main gripe with this film or rather the story progression of the movie, was the ending. You know I sat up cause ish got real and then they just decided to skip past everyone’s favorite scene. You know the part, the one where they usually handcuff all the dirty, crooked bad guys and we watch the wild look they get on their faces as they’re being placed in the back of the squad car, headed for many years of hard time to be spent behind bars. It would have been far more satisfying had it ended that way.
My second main gripe, which wasn’t the fault of the movie, but more of the times themselves, was the fact that a lot of these places, were over-diagnosing kids like Laura. It wasn’t just the doctors either, it was parents and other adult figures as well. Like first she’s alcoholic and then she’s depressed and then I think at the end they tried to say she had a personality disorder. Specifically to this movie, there was just so much, but we also know that wasn’t uncommon back then. It was easier to medicate and diagnose a supposed problem, then to actually talk to these kids. It was so gaslight-y.
All the adults were hella creepy and there were a few times were I thought old Dr. Winslow was going to inappropriately touch Laura, especially when he was talking to her while she was drugged and restrained to the bed. I know they wanted to keep people sick so that they could make more money off of them, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if that kind of assault took place as well.
I’m glad she didn’t move back home after being “freed” from the second trip to Meadowbrook. Laura’s parents did “rescue” her, but they were never great at listening to her in the first place and chose pawning her off somewhere to get help instead of once asking her anything legitimately real that wasn’t tied to her 5 year plan.
The whole treatment facility was gross, but her parents were straight trash for not even touring the place or asking real questions before sending Laura away. Like you could find a way to believe that this is the best place to get your daughter some help, but at least walk the halls first.
Laura’s roommate at Meadowbrook was also trash for selling Laura out in the escape and for that snake attempt at the end there too. We knew snitching got you points, but acting like you’re all tough while doing it is shady.
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OC SHIP ASK GAME
LOVE, 1 : who said 'i love you' first?
definitely shinya (edgeshot) ! katrielle, my oc, is kinda reserved. there's so much you can know about her but you also sorta can't? like, you can't really tell whether she love loves a person or they're simply a friend, she's just that confusing.
shinya, on the other hand, is easier to read. he won't deny that he has a crush, but of course, he wouldn't say who it was until he finally came out about it to some close people. so he def said 'i love you, kat' first!
LOVE, 2 : what're their primary love languages?
obviously, with shinya being a pro hero & katrielle having to sometimes help around or take undercover jobs, they get busy. their main love language is quality time – whenever there's a chance for a date, no matter how long, they'll take it!
after that, i suppose it's words of affirmation!
though the two of them need reassurance (as anybody does), katrielle needs it more. sometimes a gal just forgets her worth & doesn't feel so good, y'know! so whenever she or shinya are feeling down, the latter will hold them close under the covers, whispering how much they love them & how they're so happy to be with them.
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