Bad Romance: The Vicky White Story (2023 Lifetime)
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Every day for divorced prison corrections officer Vicky White (Wendi McLendon-Covey) is like the movie Groundhog Day – mundane and every day just like the previous. But when new prisoner Casey White (Rossif Sutherland) is brought to her facility, the two develop a secret infatuation. Vicky gives Casey special attention, believing he’s the only man to see her the way she wants to be seen. But when Casey’s inevitable transfer to a lengthy prison sentence approaches, Vicky decides to take desperate action. Risking everything, Vicky manages to break Casey out of jail and takes him on the run, eluding authorities on an eleven-day dash for freedom. For Vicky, even the probable tragedy ahead of them is worth the chance to live life fully once more.
Vicky White works in a prison and busts an inmate out because she is in love with him. This is the true story!
The movie cuts to two years earlier. Vicky White is living a lonely life, eating fast food in her car, and her only companion is her dog, Spike. She drives inmates from the courthouse to the jail. Then, she checks on her ex-husband and mother. This is her daily routine. She feels like she is living in Groundhog Day. One night, Vicky goes to the bar and tries to pick up men with little luck.
Then, one day, Vicky White is introduced to Casey White. He jokes that they should be kissing cousins. She ends up driving him to and from court, and they talk while she drives. He is charged with a litany of charges while on meth. He is sentenced to 75 years and flirts with Vicky during yard time. He gives her a flower and promises a life for her when he gets out.
Vicky fantasizes about Casey while she is home and is upset that he attacked a guard while she was away. He is put in solitary confinement. Then, he is shipped to another prison. He promises to be back.
Seven months later, Vicky sends him pictures in the mail and has phone sex from the prison work phones!??! She always talks to Casey and even visits him in jail. Casey applies for an appeal to his sentence, and it gets rejected. Vicky promises that she isn’t going anywhere. He confesses to murder to be sent back to Vicky’s prison in Ft. Lauderdale. (It is the closest prison to the court.)
Vicky’s ex-husband dies, and before he dies, the last thing he tells Vicky is that she is wasting her life. She feels trapped.
When Casey ends up back in her prison, Vicky is livid that he lied about a murder. She is overcome with emotions when he tells her he did it to return to her. They hold hands through the police car gate. Vicky gives Casey some fries and advice on what to say in the trial.
Vicky looks up. “how far is the prison from the Canadian border?”, which, come on,?!? She puts her house up for sale and resigns from the sheriff’s department. He tries to talk her out of it, as does her mother, but Vicky is determined.
Vicky does some shopping. She buys clothes for Casey, a used car, guns, and some sexy lingerie! She leaves her dog with her mother and sets the plan into motion.
Vicky takes her used car and parts it in a parking lot. Then she takes a taxi to the prison. She is surprised to learn that a new policy requires two officers to take inmates. She makes up a lie and gets the okay to take Casey, but he is missing. She finds him in the yard and almost creates a scene. She busts him out of jail successfully!
Now, on the road, they debate whether to go to Canada or Mexico. With every cop car they pass, Casey gets super tense. Vicky assures him she has nothing to lose and has thought things through. Casey starts second-guessing her plan. They buy a different car and again make themselves easy to remember.
The cops find the abandoned police vehicle and think Vicky has been kidnapped. They issue a country-wide manhunt. Quickly, CV footage reveals that Vicky wasn’t kidnapped; she is sleeping with Casey, and they are lovers on the run.
Vicky isn’t even getting laid; they try to hook up, and she pre-maturely ejaculates. It creates tension between them. Casey wants to stay in the woods and hide, but Vicky thinks they must make it to the border. Vicky fantasizes about what she wants the trip to be like and gets distracted.
A car follows them closely, and the tension and arguing continue. Vicky decides to switch cars, and it is a good thing she does because the police are onto them. While she makes another car deal, Casey argues with some teens. The whole thing is caught on camera.
Casey proposes to Vicky in a motel, and he doesn’t even get on one knee! Come on, man! They watch the news coverage, and Vicky is sure she has outsmarted the cops. They stay in the motel for days, and Casey gets stir-crazy. He tells her he isn’t a good guy, and Vicky hopes she can change that.
It is finally time for Vicky and Casey to leave the motel. They don’t realize that the cops are waiting for them outside and pursuing them as soon as they leave. A fleet of police cars is following them.
Vicky and Casey make a run for it; they flip the car, and Vicky is poorly injured. Knowing she isn’t going to make it, Vicky kills herself.
Side Note/Stray Thoughts
The movie implies that Vicky was struggling with some mental health issues. It portrayed her in a very positive light, which is interesting.
Numbers of Kills: N/A (0 knives)
Enjoyment Level (1-5 scale)
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