Since Luckiest Girl Alive landed on Netflix, it has been generating different reactions & has attracted a good rating on IMDB, accrued thousands of hours viewed on the streaming platform plus; sparked a conversation on trauma, abuse, gun violence, parenting , to name a few.
Ani FaNelli (Mila Kunis) sits in front of stained glass windows in her former high school, the private and prestigious Bradley School in suburban Philadelphia.
She’s on edge, talking with an independent documentary filmmaker about a school shooting that unfolded two decades ago—and the accusations surrounding it.
In the movie, the audience learns that Ani FaNelli is actually a survivor of a brutal sexual assault, having been gang raped by a group of boys from her private high school. As her community questions her narrative and assumes she was a willing participant in the school mass shooting, teenage Ani is left trying to pick up the pieces.
One of her rapists, (the only surviving rapist) – survivor of the school shooting has shared a different narrative of what happened at the school shooting. He was shot and is now on a wheelchair. He has a family and is an influencer, speaking against gun violence. He is living his life, inconsequentially.
Ani, looks perfect to the rest of the world but deep down she is dealing with so much trauma. On one scene we see her mother slut shame her after she ‘tries’ to tell her about the rape. An eating disorder is seen on one scene, but not addressed fully.
Ani later decides to speak her truth and tell her side of the story. She faces her rapist, the only rapist, who survived in the school shooting & secretly records the confrontation.
“I have daughters”, he says, “Am the one on a wheelchair“, – But that is not enough for Ani to just give him a free pass. He was part of the group that gang raped her, they made fun of her, her body, her pubic hair, how she begged them to stop, she cried, she bled. Which is graphically shown in the movie. She escaped, bare footed, crying. They acted as if nothing happened at school. They were popular.
All this time in the movie, Ani is engaged, planning a wedding-that in the end, she doesn’t get to have.
What is supposed to have solved all of it and give her closure was her publishing her account of her highly disturbing experiences to The New York Times. This is what ends the relationship with her fiancé who can’t handle the truth. He is angry. “Why say all this to the whole world?”,
But that is what happened to me!”ANI