Dying For a Crown (2022 Lifetime)

Dying For a Crown (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Jennifer Titus, Catharine Daddario, Jevon White

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Inspired by true events. Lydia Campbell (Jennifer Titus) and her daughter Elle (Catharine Daddario) have just relocated to Florida from Los Angeles under mysterious circumstances. Lydia is the new Assistant Principal at Bellview High where Elle is a senior. Being new to town, both are looking to live a better life and will do anything to achieve it. As prom season begins, With Lydia by her side, Elle stops at nothing to gain popularity and become homecoming queen (2022)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Elle and her advice-spouting mother, Lydia, move to a new town to escape a deadbeat father/husband. 

The town is much smaller than the women are used to. Lydia will be the vice principal of the new school, despite not having references. Something is up with Lydia.

Elle makes some nerdy friends. Ben is the ring leader, and Baker, Stephanie, and Dean are his sidekicks. They invite Elle to sit with them at lunch and follow one another on social media. Elle tries out for the tennis team and makes it on as number two. (AKA, FIRST LOSER!) 

Lydia gives her daughter another pep talk about becoming popular and finding the right people to win over. Lydia was homecoming queen back in her day and expects the same for Elle. Lydia says things like, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.” while looking up students in the school system. Lydia is totally living vicariously through her daughter and is stuck in a high school mentality. 

The popular girls, who have questionable styling and clothing choices, hang posters for Kate to become homecoming queen. Elle tries to fit in with them by asking them to sell her weed!!! (Come on, Elle, just say no. Or at least go to a weed dispensary; it’s 2022.) 

Elle and Lydia seem to be the movie’s villains, which is interesting since they are also the protagonists. Elle realizes that she has to get rid of Kate to replace her. She tells her mom about the weed, and Lydia does a “random” locker search and finds a dime bag in her locker. 

After suspending Kate for three weeks, Lydia tells Kate to take a kleenex on her way out. (Damn!) Generally, in a Lifetime movie, we’d love to see this happen, but Kate is an innocent victim who isn’t even a mean girl. She is just well-liked in school and unproblematic. 

Principal Alice starts to get a funny feeling and looks into the admin side of the school computer network. She sees Lydia has been logging in on her personal computer. Alice notes to call the principal from her last school before heading out for the night. She doesn’t make it out of the parking lot and is run over by a car.

Elle has a study session with Parker and tries to seduce him so she can gain some popularity. He says no because he is going with Kate, but Lydia tells Parker that he can sleep over since it is late. So Kate and Parker hook up because he is a teenage boy. 

Lydia is not really trying to cover up the fact that she hit Alice. The front of her car is all banged up, and she has a terrible seatbelt bruise. Even worse for Lydia, Alice wakes up and tells a fellow teacher named Steve that she thinks Lydia is behind the accident. Steve looks into and calls the former principal from Lydia’s last school. The recommendation letter was fake. 

Elle becomes concerned when she hears rumors that her mother hit Principal Alice. She becomes even MORE worried when Lydia admits to it and then blackmails her own daughter into silence. Lydia tells her daughter that “she will be set for life if she wins homecoming queen.”

Elle decides to double down and go for the crown for real. She sabotages the number one tennis player, Stephanie, by putting glass in her coat. Elle wins the tennis match and is the MVP! 

Kate is having a hard time with suspicion and knows that Elle and her mother framed her. She tells Parker and Becca that she has a bad feeling. 

Lydia visits Alice in the hospital and tells her that she caught Steve looking through her office, and the school credit card is missing. Lydia then takes Elle shopping with the “stolen” credit card. (You know what that means… SHOPPING MONTAGE!)

Kate is apparently still winning in the voting poll and can win in “Absentia.” Lydia isn’t having that and changes the votes online through the school portal. 

It is finally time for homecoming. We get the Lifetime classic “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na.” song while teens take pictures by a limo and dance at the party. The dresses are cute. Everyone has wild eye makeup and hair.

It is time for the announcement of the Homecoming Queen and King. When the queen is announced, and it is Elle, the student body is confused because no one voted for her. The police show up and ruin the moment. Lydia and Elle are both under arrest for attempted murder. The end! 

Side Note

Minority Report: Steve Lee, Coach Cody, 

The amount of wine in this movie was out of control! 

The fact that this movie is based on true events. I’m like, WHAT true event? A high school existed once? 

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

N/A (0 Knives Surprisingly)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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