The Act Review

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The Act, starring Joey King and Patricia Arquette, is based on the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Gypsy was a Missouri teenager charged with the second degree murder of her mother, Deedee. Her mother suffered from a mental disorder known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, in which a parent makes up or causes an illness in a person under his or her care, in order to get sympathy or power over the person. Gypsy was told she had many illnesses, and was forced to be in a wheelchair, have a feeding tube, shave her head, and take many medications she didn’t need. Along with lying to Gypsy and everyone else about her illnesses, Deedee also lied about Gypsy’s age. Gypsy conspired with her then boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to kill Deedee in 2015.

While the show is based on true events some characters and scenes weren’t portrayed the same way as they really happened. Gypsy Rose herself said that she didn’t like the way that Lacey -her neighbor and friend- was portrayed. She said the producers portrayed her as a negative influence, but in reality Lacey was a very positive influence in her life and was a person she could always turn to.

Some elements of the story were changed for dramatic effect, like in most crime shows, but the majority of the show remains true to real events.

Today, Gypsy Rose is serving a 10 year sentence in prison, and recently got engaged. She is eligible for parole in 2023.

The show is only one season, but overall it is a brief, yet accurate retelling of Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s story.


Rating: 9/10

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