A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's good to be both lucky and smart. Many kids are secretly abused by the people who are supposed to be taking care of them.
Positive Role Models
Lisa repeatedly demonstrates uncanny intelligence, presence of mind, and an ability to plan even under the most abusive and threatening circumstances.
Violence & Scariness
A man repeatedly rapes his girlfriend's teenaged granddaughter, with the grandmother's approval. A grandmother says her young granddaughter will learn how to treat a man, preparing the girl to be raped. A teenaged girl is grabbed off the street by a rapist-murderer and held for several days bound and blindfolded while he rapes her. He drags her and treats her harshly. He takes her to a secluded spot to shoot her, but lets her go.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol. It's suggested that at least one is alcoholic and abusive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey is a brutal account of a kidnapping and sexual assault of a 17-year-old Florida girl. Based on true events, the step-by step reenactment will be tough for most viewers as the multiple sexual assaults are clearly communicated even without nudity and graphic details. Lisa had also been abused by an alcoholic mother and a grandmother who allowed her boyfriend to rape the underage girl. The horrors of her attacks set up the rest of the action for an informative police procedural. Language includes "bitch." Adults drink alcohol. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Once the action in Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey focuses on the investigation leading to the capture of Lisa's attacker, director Jim Donovan provides a gripping and satisfying narrative. Lisa's high intelligence, astounding eye for detail, and unusual ability to recall the tiniest but most helpful particulars has the audience rooting for her all the way. The movie emphasizes how she used her skills for placating her uncaring mother and grandmother and the grandmother's sexually-abusive boyfriend to save herself from her murderous abductor. Katie Douglas gives a searing performance of a girl with courage and smarts to spare.
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