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From Straight A's to XXX (2017)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 11 February 2017
In order to pay her college tuition, a young woman turns to the adult film industry and must balance her personal life with a new life as porn star Belle Knox.

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Vanessa Parise

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Anne-Marie Hess
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Pullos ... Miriam Weeks
Sasha Clements ... Jolie
Judd Nelson ... Don
Jessica Lu ... Amanda
Peter Graham-Gaudreau ... Dr. Kevin Weeks
Imali Perera ... Mrs. Harcharan Weeks
Garrett Black ... Paul Weeks
Alyson Bath ... Dora
Jenna Romanin Jenna Romanin ... Sara
Cardi Wong ... Jeff
Ty Wood ... Gavin
Jacky Lai Jacky Lai ... Amy
Rachelle Gillis Rachelle Gillis ... Jen
Andrea Stefancikova ... Natalie
Alex Pangburn ... Josh
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When a change of circumstances leaves Miriam unable to pay her college tuition, she makes a surprising decision: to start performing in adult films, using the pseudonym Belle Knox. Miriam lies to her family and her friends at school, keeping her double life a secret. But soon rumours spread and Miriam becomes the subject of vicious online attacks and unwanted attention. Miriam fights back: she talks to the media, saying her new line of work empowers her as a feminist. But her confident stand has unintended consequences. Miriam is shunned by her conservative family and her colleagues in the adult film world. One impulsive decision has quickly spiralled out of control - and Miriam's problems are being held against her. Written by Sepia Films

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11 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Inspired by the true story of Belle Knox. See more »

Goofs

Jolie's accent is typical of that of a native of the southern United States, but it is rare for a person from New Orleans or anywhere in south Louisiana to have such an accent. The "southern" accent is common for people from north Louisiana, which is more like the rest of the south than south Louisiana, where many people have French ancestry. See more »

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References Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

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Confucius say.... Just because men have one, does not mean they have to be one
17 May 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

This review is written from an open minded male father's perspective. The film was difficult to watch as a father who would not want his own daughter having to earn her university tuition making adult films, nor being harassed by both male and female college students insulting her for her choice of employment and propositioning her to have group sex. Funny hah hah? No! Funny nah nah! People make personal choices in their life but they should not be openly criticized just because we may not agree with what we may consider to be a poor choice.

On the other hand I would be even more uncomfortable if my daughter earned her income working the grave shift at a gas bar where she could get robbed and/or raped by gunpoint with no one around to stop the crime. I would also not want my daughter operating a crane 50 stories up in the air, or excavating coal 200 feet under the earth surface all considered to be dangerous but acceptable employment from the mass perspective.

The message I absorbed from this made for TV film loosely based on the true story of the life of Miriam Week's using the stage name Belle Knox while performing in adult films and attending Duke University where her annual tuition fees were $60K a year Miriam relieved herself from the financial stress of her choice of school's expensive tuition and unfortunately replaced that with even a greater stress by attempting to maintain a secretive life in the adult porn industry from her family and school friends. One would ask why didn't she just apply for government loans? Miriam did apply to the government for financial assistance but she was turned down by the government.

Yes, there is a seedy side to working in the adult film industry where women appear to be the subject of pay for play but ask yourself this question. How many men in adult films make as much money as their female co-stars do? Although I did not agree with Miriam Week's choice of employment she appears to have come out of the experience all in one piece and she has a message for the rest of the world. University tuition is very expensive and maybe Bernie Sanders should run again for the U.S. presidency in 2020 to have his platform succeed, free tuition for all students and free health care. Even the adult film actors would be in favor of that platform. It appears that Miriam Weeks may take up the stand in her future political career if Bernie would only agree to support her.

I give this made for TV film a decent 6 out of 10 rating.


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