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For My Daughter’s Honor / Indecent Seduction (1996)

Film review: For My Daughter’s Honor or Indecent Seduction (1996), directed by Alan Metzger

indecentseductionOne of my guilty pleasures is TV channel True Movies. Every made-for-TV “based on reality” you could ever hope for. This one caught my eye because it promised Alyson Hannigan and the oldest child from The Nanny. And Gary Cole, which I didn’t realise until I started watching. Apparently it also had a young Sean Murray (McGee in NCIS) as “Ralph”, whoever that was. Oh, if only I had known that beforehand, I would’ve kept an eye out!

Somewhere in Oklahoma, Amy Dustin (Nicholle Tom) is starting high school along with her two best friends Kelly (Alyson Hannigan) and Kimberly (Sara Rue). The school’s Biology teacher is also the coach of the football team – Pete Nash (Gary Cole), who has a reputation to be flirty with the pretty girls. Happens every year with someone in the freshmen, who become the teacher’s pet.

Amy happens to be pretty. Guess who gets blatantly groomed by the dashingly handsome football coach? And because her parents (Mac Davis and Mary Kay Place) are too busy fighting with one another to give her the time of day, guess who ends up falling for the dashingly handsome man who is so kind to her and says she’s special and all that?

It’s not as if the signs aren’t there, but the principal (Tom Virtue) brushes it all aside, not wanting to admit that there’s a problem in his school. Yeah, Coach Nash is very friendly and popular with the students, and so on … and neither librarian nor a friend of Amy will make him believe that he has a textbook paedophile in his ranks.

Ah, watching True Movies is one thing … another thing to actually admit to liking what you’re watching. And I did. It wasn’t a fabulous script, the acting will not earn anyone an Emmy but I think Tom did a good job as the awkward teenager. What I really think was done well, though, was Gary Cole’s performance. He freaked the crap out of me!

“You’re accusing little old me? I would never have sexual intercourse with your daughter, sir. Not in your house, anyway. Mine, on the other hand …”

Yes, he’s darn handsome, but I was completely gobsmacked by his creepy manipulations. From the first tentative steps like passing her a note in the returned schoolwork, saying “you look pretty today :)”, which in itself is way out line, to inviting her on family camping trips so he can sneak her out of the tent and have his wicked way with her in the woods. She knows it’s not right what he’s doing, but she doesn’t dare to go against him. Then he brings out guilt and threats. Dispicable son of a bitch!

When her parents finally find out, I think her mum does a great job. Of course children should be safe from sexual predators in school! Well, teenage horndawgs you can’t do much about, but at least students should be safe from their teachers. It’s amazing that this was not actually part of the law before the family’s lawsuit. You would’ve thought it was obvious right from the get-go!

Then there’s the whole matter of public opinion, because the story is sort of known at school amongst the kids, but when it comes out in public and the coach is suspended, the town turns against the girl and her family. Because then she’s a trouble-maker who is trying to sabotage their high school football team’s chances in the state league. So you’d let a paedophile run free to shack up with girls too young to resist just so you can win a sporting trophy?! WTF is wrong with you?! If this happened to one of my nieces, you can bet your ass that I would not rest until the guy was safely tucked away in a prison, where he belongs!

Eww, the story was not a pleasant watch at all. Having a schoolgirl crush on a good-looking teacher is one thing. If the teacher not only encourages it for the sake of his own ego, but actually preys on vulnerable young teenagers (let’s not forget we’re talking about a 14-year-old girl here) … that’s just wrong. But, I guess it means that this TV film did its job – raising emotions in the viewers …

4 out of 5 cars you’re too young to drive. (What’s with that anyway? She’s too young to get a driving license, but she’s allowed to drive a car completely unsupervised?!)

Traxy Thornfield

A Swedish introvert in Robin Hood Country (Nottingham, UK) where she lives with a husband and two cats. She's an eager participant in tabletop and play-by-post roleplaying, woodworking, photography and European travel. Will get a novel out one of these days, if she doesn't get too distracted on the way.

One thought on “For My Daughter’s Honor / Indecent Seduction (1996)

  1. There are laws in the U.S. even back then age of consent in almost every state in the union is 18. I graduate in 1989 and it was known through the rumor mill one of the school counselors was having a fling with a female student. It’s gone on periodically throughout many schools in the U.S. some get busted and caught some don’t. Today seems more like women teachers getting busted for having sex with young boys young as 13 or 14. With the driving thing well the actress was 18 at the time of this filming. The woman that played Gary’s wife in the movie is his wife in real life and they have a daughter together. I’m sure if someone had done this to his real daughter he would have flipped a lid too. If a teacher had done that to me he’d have a hole in his head cause my daddy would have killed his ass. i’m almost 46 and if a man killed me daddy would kill him. When it comes to his family daddy is protective. He’s never shot anyone in his life thank goodness he never got sent to Nam. Anyway, a 14 year old girl driving without a license is more normal than you might think in the U.S. In small towns where there isn’t too much traffic etc. My neighbor whose 47 now is from a small town in KY and started driving at 14. My father was 12 but he was raised in a rural community. I’d kill this dude’s ass if I had a daughter and he did that but I’d pay attention to my kid to make sure this wouldn’t happen. If this actress was not of age she couldn’t have played this part he couldn’t have these intimate scenes with her if she had been under 18.

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