The Lifetime Movie Network’s movie ‘Deadly Transaction’
The Lifetime Movie Network has a slew of dramatic movies, it’s their calling card and it works well for them. The latest film they’re releasing on their television channel is Deadly Transaction.
The movie is described on the Lifetime website as, “two teenagers have convinced themselves they’re not doing anyone any harm by counterfeiting money, but it all takes a dark turn when their debt-ridden art teacher finds out they are using his classroom to make the counterfeit bills.”
About the movie
The movie follows Riley (Larissa Dias) and Erica (Kayla Wallace) who begin living large and buying incredibly expensive clothes & accessories with their fake cash. The trailer also hints at the teen girls being worried about being able to pay for college, which may be another reason they make their money.
However, the art teacher who is in some serious debt ends up kidnapping Riley’s boyfriend in an effort to blackmail her into giving him money. Erica doesn’t help Riley, but instead sides with the art teacher.
The movie was actually released in 2018, the first time around it went by the name Counterfeiting in Suburbia. If you don’t want to wait to watch Deadly Transaction on the Lifetime Movie Network, then you can watch it on Netflix right now under its original name. We also recommend this option if you want to avoid your movie getting interrupted by commercial breaks.
Is it based on a true story?
Deadly Transactions has had some confusion surrounding it as to whether or not its based on real events. There’s an opening screen which claims it is, but nobody knows of a news story which matches up with this rather dramatic storyline.
Bustle’s theory is that the movie is just inspired by various headlines which describe different accounts of teenagers attempting to counterfeit money and subsequently getting caught.
It makes sense, since the twisted and complicated nature of Deadly Transaction seems a little too unrealistic to not be mostly fiction – even in the world we live in today.
Fan reviews of the movie are all over the place. Ranging from extremely low to fairly high and most options in between. Those who hate the movie say it was unintentionally hilarious and even likened the outlandishness to Sharknado.
Both mid-ranged and low reviews said the movie might be better suited for tweens rather than an adult audience. Viewers say it might make a good teen sleepover movie for kids to laugh at before falling asleep because some of the characters are pretty amusing – if a bit stiff.
Those who gave the movie higher reviews said the acting was pretty spot-on and the plot was able to keep their attention. Those who enjoyed were also pleased by the fact it was a somewhat original concept – not many movies attempt teens & counterfeit money in the same storyline. They also found the ending to be satisfactory.