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A 2002 American psychological thriller film directed by Zoe Clarke-Williams, starring Mia Kirshner, Meredith Monroe, Dominique Swain, and Taye Diggs.

Working-class Alicia (Kishner), attending a ritzy private university in North Carolina, falls in with three privileged and amoral students, led by Hadley (Monroe). When Alicia suffers a near-fatal overdose at a party, the local acting sheriff (Diggs) is called in to conduct a "discreet" investigation.

This film provides examples of:

  • Daddy's Girl: Hadley, although her father has started withholding financial help until she improves her grades.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Alicia. One of the first things we see her do is cry for her financial aid adviser. It's all downhill from there.
  • Psycho Lesbian: One of the suspects is Sidney, whom Alicia manipulated into sleeping with her. Subverted in that she isn't the killer.
  • Scholarship Student: Alicia is working-class, contrary to the rich students she falls is with.
  • Yandere: Hadley who acts out when Alicia makes a move on her boyfriend but only really loses it when Alicia steals her father's affections, although other characters have elements of this.