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Based on a True Story

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Irritating psychological thriller has drinking, drug use.

Movie NR 2018 100 minutes
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Despite a great performance by Green as the eerily overbearing "friend," this psychological thriller fails to convince. Some might be intrigued by how reality and fiction can influence and shape each other. There are also some interesting dynamics that are explored in the relationship between the two main characters in Based on a True Story. For example, to what extent does Delphine's friendship with Elle benefit her, and vice versa? And when exactly does Elle start crossing the line?

Depending on your point of view, it can be fascinating to watch as Elle worms her way into taking over Delphine's life. Or it can be excruciatingly frustrating that Delphine doesn't see the obvious as she quietly and wholeheartedly surrenders to Elle. The finale becomes even more fantastical and far-fetched, before ending with an unsatisfying conclusion.

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