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I'm Not Ashamed is a 2016 fictional Christian drama film produced by Pure Flix Entertainment starring Masey McLain. Although marketed as a biographic film, many creative freedoms were taken so that Pure Flix could promote a Christian agenda and try to tie the importance of Christianity to the 1999 Columbine shooting.

The movie follows the story of Rachel Joy Scott (McLain), the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting. However, the movie focuses on her religious journey towards becoming a stronger believer in Christianity and how it affects her life and the people around her.

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This film contains examples of:

  • Artistic License – History:
    • The film is decried as horribly inaccurate and religiously biased. Dylan and Eric did NOT taunt Rachel for her religious faith, nor did they ever talk to Rachel before the shootings! This is not the first movie Pure Flix made that attacks atheists (previously as teachers, here students).
    • The question about God was asked of Valeen Schnurr, who had hid in the library, when she cried "Oh my God, no" after being shot once. Instead of killing her, she was spared after saying "Yes" to the question whether she believed, which goes entirely against the message the film gives. Schnurr survived, and it was misattributed to Cassie Bernall, who died. The whole story appears to be based on this, since Bernall is often hailed as a martyr for her supposed answer to the question since then (Rachel Scott's brother Craig is the one who related the story, though his words were misunderstood).
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    • In real life, Rachel took Caucasian student Nick as her date to the prom before the shooting. In the movie, Rachel takes Asian-American student Kevin as her prom date.
    • Eric and Dylan are portrayed as console gamers whereas they preferred to game on the PC in real life. They're also depicted as playing Halo, despite the twin facts that they were avid fans of Doom and that Halo wouldn't be released until 2001, a full two years after the Columbine massacre.
    • Rachel is shown to be killed by Eric using Dylan's TEC-9, but in real life she was killed by Eric using his Hi-Point 995.
    • Rachel's suicide attempt. In the movie she's depicted as trying to jump off a building to kill herself, but in reality she tried to do it with carbon monoxide poisoning via car exhaust, but decided not to at the last second.
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  • Bastard Boyfriend: Rachel's boyfriend, Alex.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Rachel goes out.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The jocks of Columbine seem to center their harassment on Eric and Dylan. Anyone who knows the true story knows this doesn't end well.
  • Bungled Suicide: Rachel, following her break up with Alex.
  • Driven to Suicide: Eric and Dylan, naturally, though we don't see it in the film.
  • Downer Ending: Columbine high school students get slaughtered in cold blood.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When we're first introduced to Rachel, she's shown greeting a mentally disabled student warmly. When we're introduced to Eric and Dylan, they're shown taunting her over it.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anybody that knows about the Columbine shooting knows that Rachel will be dead by the end of the movie. And even if you didn't, the foreshadowing will make it crystal clear.
  • Foreshadowing: An insane amount, as every other line toward the end of the film carries the implication that Rachel will die soon.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By the end of the movie, the Jerk Jock bullies are shown becoming better people, thanks to Rachel's influence.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Dylan and Eric are both atheists (or anti-theists to be more precise). Why they worship Hitler raises suspicions because Hitler condemned atheism. There is NO evidence to suggest that the real-life Dylan and Eric were actual atheists, and the two scenes where they taunted Rachel for her religious faith (one in the stairway, the other after they shot her in non-fatal areas) were entirely fabricated for the film.
  • Jerk Jock: A whole gang full.
  • New Media Are Evil: While the film isn't as heavy-handed as others in the Pure Flix catalog, it does blame violent video games for the shooting much like many moral guardians in real life.
  • Not So Different: For as much as Eric and Dylan hate the jocks and bullies of Columbine, they pick on Rachel numerous times.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Near the end of the movie, while Rachel is talking with a friend outside the school, you can see Dylan and Eric walking across the parking lot toward them....
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Georgian Masey McLain's Southern accent slips out at times while playing the Coloradan Scott.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Eric and Dylan talk about killing people who are disabled, denigrate Rachel for her Christian faith, and idolize the Nazis.
  • Real Person Cameo: The real Rachel Scott's brother, Craig, appears briefly in the movie as a convenience store clerk.
  • Teens Are Monsters:
    • The Jerk Jock bullies of Columbine are relentless.
    • Of special note, with no explanation needed, Eric and Dylan.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Alluded to being an influence for the massacre. In a brief scene, Eric is shown taking an interest in history class only when the teacher starts talking about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. In the next scene Eric is shown ranting about how disabled people should be exterminated. Later on, during the planning of the killing spree, Eric is doing fascist salutes and shouting "Heil Hitler!".
  • Troubled, but Cute: Rachel has her moments. Her friend Celene also counts.
  • Where's the Kaboom?: Eric and Dylan's cafeteria bombs fail, causing them to resort to an aimless shooting spree.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Alex ends up cheating on Rachel with one of her best friends.
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