Don't Worry, Everyone: 'The Wrong Girl' Is Fiction

by Sara Steinfeld

Lifetime's newest movie, The Wrong Girl, is bringing the network back to its roots. The dramatic thriller stars a largely unknown cast, playing characters who end up in truly horrific situations. It's a departure from some of the more recent fare, like Stockholm, Pennsylvania, which featured a very well-known cast playing characters who end up in truly horrific situations. But does does this latest TV movie contain another Lifetime staple? Is The Wrong Girl based on a true story, or is it just another piece of fantastical fiction?

First things first, let's all get acquainted with the movie, shall we? Here's Lifetime's official plot synopsis:

Sophia is the perfect 17-year-old girl. She studies hard, stays out of trouble, and is a promising pianist. The only problem is that she’s always been quiet and keeps to herself, so when she strikes up a friendship with Grace, the new girl in school, her parents are happy for her. Unfortunately it's not long before Grace starts showing signs of being possessive. Then, when she tries to destroy Sophia's family and seduce her would-be boyfriend, Sophia can't help but wonder if she's befriended the wrong girl. Now, Sophia must uncover Grace's secret past and learn the truth about her new friend before it's too late.

Ah, yes, how I've missed these kinds of thrillers. Girl is perfect, Girl is so nice to everyone and befriends New Girl, New Girl turns out to be alarmingly mentally unstable, New Girl attempts to kill Girl's family, drama ensues. Essentially, the end of these kinds of movies always leaves me feeling like this:

But enough of my snap judgments. Let's answer the question that's on everyone's mind: Is this movie for real? The answer, my friends, is no. Not one bit. This movie, like many other pieces of wonderful Lifetime fiction, was written by Peter L. Sullivan, a man who is VERY careful to distinguish between his fiction and non-fiction work, as evidenced by the following tweet:

That's not to say that you shouldn't be excited to watch it. I mean, this particular Twitter user definitely is:

Sure, this movie may be a work of fiction, but it's worth watching for sure. At the very least, it'll make you feel a lot better about your friend choices, because, hey, at least they're not maniacs who are out to kill your parents because if they can't have you nobody can!

Besides, the movie being fiction just makes it more fun to watch. These terrifying things didn't happen to a real person out there, so you can just sit back and enjoy the story as it unfolds.

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