How far would you go to achieve your Dreams? The new Tubi Original film ‘Deadly Cheer Mom’ asks the question. Would you be willing to destroy someone’s life in the process if it meant having the life you always dreamed of?
Inspired by a true story, DEADLY CHEER MOM stars Mena Suvari (“American Beauty,” “American Pie”), Tommi Rose (“Sorority Secrets”), and Karla Mosley (“The Bold and the Beautiful”). The ripped-from-the-headlines thriller follows high school cheerleading captain Beth (Rose). Her world is turned upside-down when salacious videos of her smoking and drinking circulate around the school, resulting in her removal from the squad. Beth insists the videos are fake, but nobody believes her. To get her life back on track, she must catch the culprit behind the videos and prove her innocence. Unfortunately, as she delves into her own investigation, all signs point to the person she least suspected.
Rather than toying with the audience and making you question the validity of the videos, ‘Deadly Cheer Mom’ reveals its hand early when it shows you a hooded figure creating a video that makes our heroine appear to be engaging in illicit behavior.
From here, ‘Deadly Cheer Mom’ quickly sets up the stakes, as every member of the cheerleading squad salivates at the idea of earning a scholarship to Rossmore Carmel University, an award that would see them make their way into the upper echelon of the cheerleading community.
However, it seems inevitable that Beth is primed to win the scholarship. After all, her mom is the head coach and as no surprise to nobody, she has just been named the team captain. Not to mention the fact that the recruiter just so happens to be an old friend of her mother’s.
Someone is determined to knock Beth off their throne as a yet unknown individual begins to send threatening messages and releases altered videos of Beth’s original video posts.
As Beth initially refuses to be bullied by her mysterious cyber attacker, they begin to up their game, releasing more damning videos of the cheerleading Captain, including planting physical evidence; that soon sees Beth suspended from the team.
As the case becomes more damning, Beth soon finds she can’t trust anyone; after all, the people who know you can hurt you the most.
Determined not to let her attacker win, Beth continues to try and prove her innocence as her world comes crumbling down around her. The once wholesome teen could now be facing suspension from school and criminal charges.
As she zeros in on a suspect, Beth learns that sometimes it takes a village to raise a child and bring one down as well, as the plot to dethrone the captain involves could involve those she once called friends.
Watch ‘Deadly Cheer Mom’ to determine if Beth can prove her innocence, or does the bad guy sometimes win?
The film is loosely inspired by the real-life case of fifty-year-old Raffaela Spone, a Pennsylvania mom, that allegedly sent threatening text messages, photos, and videos to members of her daughter’s cheerleading team, along with their parents and coaches, between July – August 2020, in an attempt to get the three young girls removed from the team.
Madi Hime appeared to be the primary target, as she received threatening text messages, along with photos that depicted her naked, engaging in drinking, and smoking a vape pen.
She even reported receiving a call where the caller stated, “You should kill yourself.”
Along with Madi, two other members of the Victory Vipers cheerleading squad also received similar messages and doctored photos of themselves in bikinis in comprising situations.
An extensive investigation into the case eventually led authorities to Spone, where they found the original images on her phone. Spone originally disguised her phone number, but authorities were able to track her through her IP address eventually.
An investigation into the videos was also conducted. It was originally determined that the videos were “deepfakes” (a video of a person in which their face or body has been digitally altered so that they appear to be someone else). However, it was later questioned if Spone had doctored the videos, as there wasn’t enough conclusive evidence to prove the videos were falsified.
Despite the videos and photos being deemed inadmissible, Spone was still charged with three counts of misdemeanor cyber harassment.
It was argued that the person responsible for sending the photos and videos was merely attempting to alert the parents of the illicit activities their daughters were engaged in and did it as a concerned parent.
Spone was found guilty on March 26, 2021, of all three counts and is currently on bail awaiting sentencing.
The events depicted in ‘Deadly Cheer Mom’ are a lot more salacious than the real-life case, and it also begs the question what depths is a parent willing to go to see their child succeed? Is there a line they’re not ready to cross?
Make sure to check out ‘Deadly Cheer Mom’, exclusively on Tubi, and see what happens when you’re the only thing standing in somebodies’ way of getting what they want.
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