The Rachels (2017 Lifetime)
Cast: Madison Iseman, Danielle Macdonald, Rachael Carpani
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
When a popular teen dies, her best friend basks in the glow of the social media attention, while their rival seeks to avenge the past and uncover the truth behind the mysterious death.
At a dance club or a house party, Brown-haired Rachel and another blonde Rachel argue on a rooftop. They have had a falling out. Blonde Rachel sits on the roof railing and calls Brown-haired Rachel jealous. Then she falls (or is thrown) off the balcony.
The movie flashes back to “The Rachels” pre-accident/murder, who are very involved in school activities. They run the morning announcement, are on the yearbook, and the track team.
Blonde Rachel starts asserting her independence. She is trying to do well in track and kisses a boy named Tom. Brown-haired Rachel is jealous and sulks around the school; she even refuses to make the morning announcements. When Blonde Rachel makes states for track and homecoming court, and Brown-haired Rachel doesn’t, their friendship is seriously damaged.
Brown-haired Rachel makes friends with Tom, but it is clear she has alternative motives. Then she bullies a random girl named Roxie. Brown-haired Rachel is mean AF.
Then Blonde hair Rachel death happens, and news reporters cover the story. Brown-haired Rachel is brought in for questioning but not considered a suspect. She talks to the press and tells them that it was a suicide. The press goes to her head, and she uses Blonde Rachel’s death to boost her social Klout.
Tom and Roxie are suspicious of Brown-haired Rachel and think that she is obsessed with becoming famous. Brown-haired Rachel also takes over for all of Blonde Rachel’s accomplishments. (She is put on homecoming court and will run at states in a memorial to Blonde Rachel.) They decide to take Brown-haired Rachel down. Roxie used to be a Rachel but was cut out like Letoya from Destiny’s Child.
Roxie spends a good chunk of the movie-making everyone question Brown-haired Rachel’s motives for making tributes to Blonde-haired Rachel all about herself. Roxie and Tom are sure to resurrect images and tributes to Blonde Rachel. Students start to wear jerseys that say, “Run for Rachel, not that one, the dead one.” *Just kidding, I don’t know what they said, but you get the idea. They even get Blonde Rachel on the cover of the yearbook. Even the press is more interested in Blonde Rachel and gives Brown-haired Rachel the brush off.
Brown-haired Rachel apologizes to Roxie and stays that she needs a friend. Roxie agrees but can’t believe what she is hearing. Brown-haired Rachel even asks Roxie to make the morning announcements with her. Brown-haired Rachel brags about how famous she will be on a reality show and write a memoir. Roxie broadcasts it to the whole school. Brown-haired Rachel knows she is being sent out to the school, grabs the mic, and admits to pushing Blonde Rachel off the building.
Then we see what happened up on the roof. Brown-haired Rachel accidentally knocked Blonde Rachel off the roof, and she held on hanging for her life. Roxie was up there too and saw the whole thing. She also didn’t help her, either.
Brown-haired Rachel says she will be infamous and leaves them all behind. She chokes Roxie and almost killed her. The police pull Brown-haired Rachel off and drag her to jail. She imagines everyone cheering her on and taking pictures of her like they are the paparazzi. Tom hugs Roxie and asks him to call her Rachel because she is the only one left.
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Love Danielle Macdonald in anything she is in. Even this garbage movie.
The quality of the film is terrible. It is like the crew wiped vaseline on the camera lens. I never complain about this type of stuff, but it was almost unwatchable.
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