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'Psycho BFF' Tells the Tale of a Twisted Friendship — but Is It Based on Real Events?

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Jul. 14 2020, Updated 6:16 p.m. ET

Is everyone watching reruns of their favorite series and movies, or are we the only ones regressing?

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We recently landed ourselves in a Lifetime movie hole, and couldn't help but wonder whether the movie Psycho BFF was based on a true story.

Keep reading while we do our best to separate fact from fiction.

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What is 'Psycho BFF' about?

According to the network, Psycho BFF, which has the alternate title American Psychos, tells the story of a shy Deandra (Juliana Destefano), who moves to a new school and, to the delight of her mother, finally makes a friend: Olivia (Alexandra Doke).

But "after Olivia's initial bossiness turns into emotional abuse," Deandra's mom forbids the friendship, which — as anyone who's ever been a teenager before knows — only makes them want to find a way to keep their relationship going all the more. 

The two end up running away together as a consequence of Deandra's mother's threat, and the worried mom must embark "on a desperate search for her daughter, before she's gone for good."

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