Drunk, Driving, and 17 (2023 Lifetime)

Drunk, Driving, and 17 (2023 Lifetime)

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Cast: Michael Michele, Savannah Lee Smith, David Shae



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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

The story of the tragic consequences of underage drinking and social hosting, where adults allow their children to host parties with alcohol with the belief they are safer drinking at home. 17-year-old Kim (Savannah Lee Smith) is every parent’s dream–she’s an honor student, popular, responsible, and bound for Stanford. But when she sees her boyfriend Dan flirting with another girl, Kim makes the worst decision of her life. In the blink of an eye, Kim wrecks the car, her life, and almost kills a classmate in a head-on collision. While Kim is responsible for her own actions, Dan’s parents, Martha and Tim also face scrutiny and liability by the town and police for allowing alcohol to be served to minors at their home. Michael Michele co-stars. (2023)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Inspired by True Events.

The movie starts at a High School Basketball game, where Martha watches her son, Dan, win the game. She cheers him on with her husband Tim, Dan’s girlfriend, Kim, and her mom Robin.

The teens go to a party hosted at Lisa’s house. Her parents let them drink at home because they are “cool parents.” The teens talk about college. Nikki, Kim’s BFF, is heading to NYU. She asks Kim to celebrate with them, but Kim is the DD and doesn’t like beer.

Dan gets into Stanford on a partial athletic scholarship. Tim gives his son a beer to celebrate with dinner. Dan asks his parents if he can host a party with a keg, and Tim is surprisingly on board. Martha reluctantly agrees but caves as long as everyone sleeps over or gets a sober ride home.

Kim gets discouraged because she gets waitlisted from Sanford and worries she won’t get in. Her mom, who works night nurse shifts, isn’t a fan of Dan or her daughter parting. The mother is right because a girl named Heather flirts with Dan, and he doesn’t give her the brush off. In fact he seems like he is about to break up with Kim. 

It is the night of the party; Tim takes everyone’s car keys and then leaves them with one of the teenagers. (How does that make sense.) The parents go upstairs to get out of the way and leave the partying teens alone. Kim drinks because she is upset about Dan giving her the cold shoulder, then she catches him making out with Heather!!!! Dan breaks up with Kim on the spot. 

Kim starts chugging beer from the keg to drown her sorrows. Nikki is worried about her BFF and calls her boyfriend to come to pick them up. He suggests telling Dan’s parents, but she doesn’t want to get anyone in trouble. 

The party gets out of hand when Lisa invites “Randies.” (Gen Z for Random People.) She also posts on social media all the time. (Like videos of Kim chugging beer.) One of the Randies, takes Kim to a bedroom and tries to take advantage of her. She grabs a bat and threatens him. Kim calls her mom and asks her to come to pick her up. When her mom doesn’t answer, Kim calls Nikki, who doesn’t answer either. Kim rushes out of the house and grabs a set of keys.

Martha and Tim end the party, and everyone leaves; so much for their plan to keep everyone safe. Martha regrets having the party. 

Kim cries while driving the car, and she runs head-on into another car. The driver of the other car is Nikki’s boyfriend, Joey. Kim is admitted to her mother’s hospital, and Robin is confused about her daughter’s choices but thankful she is okay. Nikki isn’t as understanding and screams at her friend while she is in her hospital bed. Then she is arrested by the police for a DUI.

Martha’s car was the one Kim took, and the police question the parents about the party. Dan tells his parents that they broke up, which is why Kim probably acted out. Marth calls Joey’s parents to apologize. She also stops by Robin’s house and basically gets the door slammed in her face. 

Kim is thrown into a jail cell until her mother can post bail. She faces 15 years in prison. It isn’t long before the police arrest Martha and Tim for supplying minors with alcohol. There are new laws to prevent minors from drinking and driving. The parents are liable. The social media video is evidence and creates an online outcry for justice. Joey’s parents also file a civil suit. 

The judge sentences Martha and Tim to 90 days in jail and five years probation.

Kim is a social pariah at school. All her friends want nothing to do with her. She attends an AA meeting because there is no support system for her. It gets so bad for Kim that she considers suicide but stops herself from taking things too far. 

Kim’s trial is up next, and her lawyer is a schmuck. He tells her to volunteer at MADD. (Mothers against drunk driving.) After meeting with her AA sponsor, Kim realizes she was throwing herself a pity party because she didn’t get into Stanford. (And let’s not forget about the whole sexual assault/cheating boyfriend thing!)

Marth gives Tim an ultimatum about settling the lawsuit. They settle or they break up.

Joey comes home from the hospital in a wheelchair. His friends throw him a surprise party, and Dan is NOT welcome. Nikki wants to defer on NYU to stay and be with Joey because he is the real deal. 

Tim returns from jail just as things are getting rocky between Martha and the kids. He apologizes to Martha for forcing her to have the party and tells her he loves her. 

Kim and Joey come to an understanding and let go of their anger. Kim commits to spending the rest of her life making up for what she did to him. Then she testifies at her hearing. The judge gives her the minimum sentence. 1 year in jail and five years probation. 

Eight months later, Kim is released, and she embraces her mother. Martha and Kim do assembly talks. We get the following statistics.

  • Kids get alcohol more from their parents than anyone else.
  • Every 90 seconds, someone is injured by a drunk driver. 
  • More than 5000 die every year of underage drunk drivers. 
  • Drunk driving will impact 2 out of three people in their lifetime.

Side Note

Prevent underage drinking and end drunk driving by checking out these resources. 

Kim’s fluffy keychain was super cute. 

Minority Report: Martha, Kim, Dan,Robin, Judge, Lily, Zach, 

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Overall rating 

Number of Kills: 

None (0 knives)

Enjoyment Level (1-5 scale) 

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