⚠️Trigger Warning: Mention of sexual assault, rape, victim blaming, PTSD

This past weekend I watched the new Netflix movie “Luckiest Girl Alive”. It is a film adaptation based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Jessica Knoll.

The movie stars Mila Kunis, who I absolutely adore. I honestly had no clue what the film was about before we sat down to watch it as a family (a VERY rare occasion). I figured it was some sassy Rom-Com movie but really, all I heard was Mila Kunis and family time and I was in.

I am strongly urging everyone who is able to watch this film to please do so, especially our young adults, both male and female alike. There is a trigger warning at the beginning and may not be suitable for all audiences though as it delves deep AND quite graphically into very realistic issues surrounding school shootings, sexual assault, rape, victim blaming and PTSD.

The film is told through the eyes of Mila Kunis’s character who is just weeks away from marrying the man of her dreams and who, on the outside is seemingly living a perfect life in New York City (sidenote: it was actually filmed here in Toronto) but on the inside Mila’s character TifAni is being haunted by her past as a teenager while attending a very prestigious private school; those scenes are portrayed throughout the film in a series of flashbacks played by the young and incredibly talented actress Chiara Aurelia.

Sadly we are still living in a culture that heavily protects its perpetrators, leaving too many victims in fear of speaking their truth due to societal pressures. This film however gives you a raw and very vulnerable glimpse into what life can look like for survivors of rape and victim blaming or slut shaming who are living with the aftermath in silence, many of whom developing PTSD from their trauma yet still too afraid to share their story or seek proper counselling. 

It was uncomfortable to watch and I cried my way through the last 15 minutes but that was exactly what needed to happen while watching it, it needed to feel uncomfortable. It’s a story that needs to make people uncomfortable, it’s a story that needs to be heard over and over again. There were so many important messages in the film, including some of TifAni’s final words when she looks into the camera and says, “Nothing to be ashamed of.” 

*if you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault, there are many 24 hour crisis lines and local clinics available to help, including your nearest hospital. #metoo

#itsoktoaskforhelp #dontsufferinsilence
#luckiestgirlalive #ptsd #rape #sexualassault #victimblaming #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mentalwellbeing #milakunis #jessicaknoll #Netflix #bestseller #share #youarenotalone #itsoktonitbeok #worldmentalhealthday

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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