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Updated on Jun 30, 2020. Posted on Jun 26, 2020

The Internet Can't Stop Talking About "365 Days," So I Watched It And This Movie Is Not OK

It's going to take 365 days to purge this film from my brain.

Hello, interwebs! My name is Ehis and I am a sucker for a ~saucy~ romance. True Blood, The Kiss Quotient, 50 Shades of Grey — the saucier it is, the better!

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So, it was only a matter of time before this Netflix movie called 365 Days crossed my radar. The reviews, however...are flat-out terrible. One even said that it's an "awful movie that 'blurs' the line of consent" (actually, there is no consent in this film).

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I did not know something could even get 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

So, I decided to watch this movie to see how bad it actually was. Spoiler alert: It's even worse than I imagined.

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Quick summary, here are all the illegal things that occur in this movie: murder, extortion, kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, physical assault, bribery, and human trafficking.

If you still wanna know what happens, I watched this movie so you didn't have to. But, please be warned, this can be extremely triggering for some and I can tell you right now, this movie is not worth the mental energy if this is the kind of content that triggers you. I will not be offended if you stop reading this article right now.

Before we jump in, here's the synopsis that Netflix gives for 365 Days:

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"A woman falls victim to a dominant mafia boss, who imprisons her and gives her one year to fall in love with him." Fuckin a.

Y'all, we're 10 seconds into this movie and I already fucking hate it here.

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"In the first batch, we've got 20 refugees. All young girls. Feel free to keep one." OK, it seems like silver beard is not having any of this HUMAN TRAFFICKING...but also isn't reporting them to the police?

Silver beard got shot — and died — but his son survived. This becomes important to the plot later on, but I want to go on the record and say that I am not upset to see this man go.

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In less than five minutes, there have been three Class A felonies in this movie: sex trafficking, murder, and extortion.

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I just threw up in my mouth:

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At the 20-minute mark, our heroine has been kidnapped. I have so many questions and even more concerns.

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Also, she has a heart condition! Do her captors know this?

THIS. IS. CREEPY. AS. SHIT.

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Why does "baby girl" boy have a portrait of this poor woman?

"I didn't know you had a heart problem." NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!

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Remember silver beard at the beginning? The son who survived was "baby girl" boy and in his near-death experience, he saw images of Laura before he passed out.

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This was the film's disgusting attempt at justifying kidnapping. Which, no. This isn't romantic. It's fucked up.

Excuse me while I yeet myself out of this reality:

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Wut kind of fucked up Beauty and the Beast is this?

What is the opposite of okay? 'Cause that doesn't even scratch the surface of what this is.

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"I won't do anything without your permission," he says as he GROPES HER WITHOUT HER CONSENT! This is fucking deplorable.

Remember when Massimo (fka "baby girl" boy) said he wouldn't do anything without Laura's permission? I'm pretty sure that includes yanking her from her chair and forcing her to go on a business errand.

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Consent doesn't just apply to sex, but every action you want to partake in with another person.

Massimo, you're fucking disgusting, but I would also be willing to give you a lesson on consent...you know, via Skype from your prison cell.

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Imma just leave this here.

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MASSIMO. THAT 👏🏾IS 👏🏾NOT👏🏾 LAURA'S 👏🏾JOB.

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Ok, Edward Cullen:

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This behavior wasn't okay in Twilight and it's ESPECIALLY not okay here.

Bondage can be a-okay if it's between two consenting adults who have communicated their limits. This is nowhere NEAR the realm of okay.

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*Speechless*

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Love? Stockholm syndrome? To-may-to, to-mah-to.

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At this point in the movie, they're engaged*. Prior to this, the movie was about a man demanding a relationship from this woman without her consent. Now, they're painting this fucked up situation as a happily ever after fairy tale and negating the utterly disgusting nature of Massimo's actions.

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*But, ofc, Massimo didn't propose. He just placed the ring on Laura's finger while she was sleeping, assuming she'd say yes.

I'm sorry, what kind of parents are okay with their child getting married to their captor who's involved with drugs, extortion, sex trafficking, and murder?

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Laura finds out she's pregnant, which is a cheap attempt at adding more fuel to the flame that is this "storybook" relationship...

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...and then the movie ends with Laura's "death."*

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*Spoiler alert, this movie is based on the first book in a series of three. I think it's safe to say that we have not seen the last of Laura.

Like, they're trying to get us to sympathize with Massimo, but I will not and never will. He kidnapped a woman, raped her, forced her into an engagement, and then got her "killed."

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The things that happened in this movie are not only reprehensible, they're also ILLEGAL. There is no communication regarding consent, which can be quite triggering for people who don't know this going into the film.

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I am aware that this movie is popular — it's on the Netflix top 10 list and has been trending on social media (probably because Massimo is attractive and the graphic sex scenes). Regardless of how "hot" the lead is, we need to be cognizant of the fact that people each and every day are raped, assaulted, and kidnapped, and we should in no way, shape, or form romanticize it.

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So, yeah. If you've made it this far and are still on the fence about this movie, lemme make it simple: DO. NOT. WATCH. THIS. FILM.

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If you want some sense of story, watch 50 Shades of Grey. If you just want sexy times — I never thought I'd say this — but just go to PornHub.

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