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Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life is a Lifetime Movie of the Week released in 2005.

Justin is a promising high school student and swimmer with a girlfriend, Amy. His life starts to fall apart when he becomes addicted to internet pornography.

This film provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Inverted. All the adults in Justin's life are a little too emotionally invested in "helping" him.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles: If you look closely, there's at least one piece of anime art in Justin's collection. Thankfully, this being a world where porn only constitutes to Fully-Clothed Nudity, we don't see anything remotely explicit.
  • Alliterative Title: Justin burns a porn CD called Virgin Vaginas.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Monica’s pursuit for attention solely through sexual means and extreme reaction to getting rejected by Justin are clear signs of mental trauma from years of sexual abuse, not to mention she’s an underage girl running her own porn channel. Interestingly, neither the screenwriter or any of the characters give a damn about this rather distressing situation, instead focusing solely on the horrific crime against humanity that is a teenage boy browsing the internet for porn.
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  • Betty and Veronica: Justin is torn between the virtuous church-going Amy and their promiscuous older classmate Monica.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Justin's descent into unpopularity begins when he shows his friends S&M porn, the closest thing in the entire film to resemble pornography that would be considered extreme and not just women in their underwear.
  • Break the Cutie: Justin is hounded and harassed to the breaking point by everyone for the unforgivable crime of looking at some vaguely erotic pictures online.
  • Broken Aesop: The film attempts to preach An Aesop about how looking at Internet porn will ruin your life. The 16-year-old protagonist starts out as a champion swimmer and ends the film as a suicidal mess. Porn addiction is a real problem and can cause serious issues, but because it's Lifetime the most they can actually show here is Justin looking at women in skimpy outfits - and the film's Aesop gets undermined when all the problems that happen to him don't actually come from looking at porn in general: he gets addicted to energy drinks simply because he drinks them when he looks at porn, plus he gets into trouble with people in town because the woman whose porn he was watching accuses him of raping her because he won't sleep with her. Half the kid's problems seem to stem from having a mother who feels such a habit warrants therapy and interventions.
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  • Clueless Aesop: Because of television content standards, the most the movie can actually show of Justin's internet pornography addiction are pictures of scantily-clad women, rather than any form of hardcore pornography - or, heck, any nudity at all. This in turn undermines the film's message, since if something that mild is all it takes for him to spin out of control it becomes questionable whether he either has psychological problems already, or if his mother's overreactions had something to do with it.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Averted - at no point in the film does Justin touch himself while browsing the Internet for porn. He's just looking at it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Justin binging on energy drinks while looking at porn is an obvious substitute for masturbation.
  • Foil: Amy and Monica are polar opposites of each other - the former is a virginal religious Girl Next Door, while the latter is a morally-bankrupt slut with her own porn website.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: What the "porn" constitutes to.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: When Diane discovers Justin's younger brother keeping a porno CD-ROM, her husband suggests there might be another explanation for the disc's title, to which she snarkily responds "Like what? Virgin Vaginas are a new band?", evidently unaware of bands like Barenaked Ladies, Butthole Surfers, and Gay For Johnny Depp.
  • Harmful to Minors: Justin's younger brother happens to stumble onto the porn he views. The experience leaves him unable to talk, eat without prompting, or do anything other than stare blankly into the distance. A few scenes later, he's developed a fetish for something so terrible the film wouldn't even name it.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: The movie goes out of its way to demonize this trope.
  • How We Got Here: The film opens with the badly-beaten Justin breaking into the school swimming pool to drown himself.
  • Hypocrite: Justin's mother expresses concern that porn will give her son wrong ideas about women and sexuality, but has no problem using sex to coerce her husband into paying for an overly-expensive vacation. Also, she completely freaks out about her teenage son looking at porn, yet it appears is perfectly fine with her other ten year-old son playing Grand Theft Auto. You know, the one where you play as a criminal who can commit violent crimes and pick up prostitutes?
  • The Internet Is for Porn: It's a story about a teenager who becomes addicted to internet porn and his life is destroyed because of it. As noted above, porn addiction is real and can ruin your life, but the film handles it like a nondenominational live-action Chick Tract about how New Media Are Evil. Just to make it confusing, he's only found out because he inexplicably makes hard copies and hides them poorly (suggesting the writer was unclear on the concept or hastily adapted a script about dirty magazines), and depending on the scene it renders him either obsessed with or utterly disinterested in real-life sex.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: Justin is always pressuring Amy to have sex with him because he thinks he's ready. Subverted later in the film when Justin suddenly has second thoughts about having sex with Monica right as they are about to get into it.
  • My Beloved Smother: Diane will stop at nothing to save both her sons from the evils of internet pornography.
  • Nature Adores a Virgin: Amy is portrayed as the good Christian girlfriend of Justin who waits for sex and helps rehabilitate Justin towards the end. Meanwhile, Monica is the sexually active senior high schooler who leads Justin astray, tries to cheat on her boyfriend, and runs her own illegal porn site and therefore indirectly helps kick off the movie's conflict.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Monica doesn't take Justin's hesitance of having sex with her well, which leads to her physically throwing him out of her house, self-harm, and accusing him of hitting her.
  • Only Sane Man: Justin’s father is the only one who thinks there is nothing wrong with a teenage boy looking at porn, but his wife eventually pressures him into arm flailing histrionics along with everyone else.
    • Even Diane's co-worker who divorced her husband due to his porn addiction points out that all teenage boys going through puberty get sexually curious and it's not really out of the oridnary that Justin looks at online porn, but Diane is quick to dismiss her.
  • Porn Stash: Of CDs labeled of what kind of porn they are. Naturally, Justin's mother stumbles upon it.
  • Sex Is Evil: Or rather what this movie thinks is sex (or porn in this case), anyway.
  • Skewed Priorities: It seems that the school administration is more concerned with Justin looking at porn on the library computer than the fact that one of their underage students has her own illegal online porn channel she’s been broadcasting on said computer.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Don't ever look at even the softest of softcore porn or your girlfriend will dump you, you'll suddenly suck at whatever you were good at before, and the kids you thought were cool will beat the shit out of you.
  • Stunned Silence: Diane listens in horror as her coworker recounts leaving her husband over his porn habit.


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