Obsession by Lifetime

Tania Raymonde in Dirty Little Secret (2013)

At a Las Vegas conference, motivational speaker and Mormon, Travis Alexander (Jesse Lee Soffer) comes to the attention of Jodi Arias (Tania Raymonde) who quickly sets about seducing him by making passionate love to him in his hotel room. Back home in Mesa, Travis finds himself being reminded of what is expected of him by his friends and the church leading to him trying to let Jodi down gently, saying they were only ever about having sex and fun. But Jodi is a woman who believes they are destined to be married and turns psycho stalker when it becomes clear that Travis is dumping her, capable of anything when she doesn't get her own way.

So yes "Dirty Little Secret", or to give it its full name "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret", is another true story movie which was made for the Lifetime channel. And as so often is the case I had never heard of Jodi Arias or what she had done prior to watching this and so don't know how close to the truth this made for TV movie sticks. Although I would take a guess that it does take some liberties and some times uses the story to try and be shocking, especially when it comes to Jodi's rampant sexual appetite.

Jesse Lee Soffer in Dirty Little Secret (2013)

But whether you know the true story or not what seems to be the case with "Dirty Little Secret" is that the writers have managed to fit the true story around the usual TV movie formula. As such what we get is the usual opening which is the result of a crime, and then we get the build up as we become aware that Jodi is an unstable, manipulative woman who turns exceptionally psycho when Travis moves on and we then get the crime. All of which is just the typical formula which whilst there are the specifics of the storyline none of it manages to make this feel more than a formula driven true story movie, just a little bit more graphic in places than the norm.

What this all boils down to is that "Dirty Little Secret" whilst an interesting and often entertaining watch sticks so close to the Lifetime true story formula that despite some specifics of the true story and graphic scenes this blends into the mass collective of other Lifetime true story movies.

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