The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie (1997) Donna Bullock, Matt McCoy, Teddi Siddall, Teryl Rothery, Deanna Milligan, Marisa Rudiak, Bonnie Root - movie review on The Movie Scene

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Bonnie Root in The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie (1997)

She Made One Terrible Mistake

Lizzie (Bonnie Root) and Janie (Marisa Rudiak) are best friends and have been there for each other when each other has had issues such as when Lizzie's parents begin to argue and look like they are going to divorce. But they have a secret as they are quickly becoming alcoholics; drinking at parties, sneaking alcohol in to school and drinking in their rooms at home. Following a party Lizzie decides to driver Janie home in the pouring rain despite having been drinking. Things don't go well as Lizzie crashes the car and whilst she survives Janie dies in the crash. With her parents separating, her best friend dead and the aftermath of her drink driving to deal with Lizzie faces a tough time to rebuild her life.

From what I have read "The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie" is one of those movies which some people watched during school lessons in the USA. Yes "The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie" is one of those made for TV movies from the 90s which were made to try and warn teenagers over the dangers of drinking and the consequences when you drink and drive. As such this is a movie of two halves although like with many TV movies it starts with a scene at the beginning of the second half before taking us back to the beginning delivering a first half look at how Lizzie and her friends are secret drinkers, smuggling it into school and so on. We also see how Lizzie's parents separating is making her feel sad which in turn is the motive for her drinking more and more.

But as I said "The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie" is a movie of two halves and after the fateful night and the car crash we see Lizzie having to deal with the consequences of what happened. These range from having to deal with her alcohol addiction, being ostracized by her friends and of course the DUI trial. Truth be told it is all pretty typical of this sort of made for TV movie and seems more a case of the writers trying to push as many possible consequences on to the audience to make them realise the far reaching consequences of drinking and driving not only to the individual but also to the families.

There isn't much else to say as to be honest "The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie" is the mix of right and wrong. There are scenes where some of the acting is good but equally there are scenes where the acting is weak. The way the story unfolds whilst doing a nice job of highlighting the consequences doesn't always flow. And as is often the case with this sort of movie there are times where the focus is on being dramatic rather than being realistic.

What this all boils down to is that "The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie" is a pretty stereotypical made for TV movie from the late 90s which feels like it has been made to serve as a warning for both teenagers and parents when it comes to drinking.


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