I'm just going to lay it out there. I am a sorority girl. I am by no means ashamed of this fact, because being an active member of my sorority really enhanced my college years. While it provided me with lots of social opportunities, it also provided me with accountability in terms of grades, and endless opportunities to participate in community service projects. Plus, it allows me to call Carrie Underwood a "sister," and I think that is pretty darn cool.
When Lifetime offered me the chance to preview "Sorority Wars" before it makes it's debut October 17th, I jumped at the chance. I am endlessly fascinated with others' perceptions of sorority life, and this movie just helped to fuel my curiosity. The movie stars some pretty big names, like Lucy Hale (from "Privileged" and "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") and Courtney Thorne-Smith, so I thought it would be a fun break for me on my 4-hour flight to Las Vegas. I was right!
The movie follows Lucy Hale's character, Katie, as she starts her freshman year of college and goes through rush and beyond. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but it also stars her alumna mom, Lutie (Courtney Thorne-Smith), who's there to encourage her to jump into Greek life. Katie struggles a bit to decide where she fits in best, and along the way, encounters some of the best and worst that Greek life has to offer. While it sometimes focuses heavily on the pressure put on Greek legacies and new members, it also makes a point to show the friendships, the loyalty, and the fun that Greek life offers.
I tried to watch it with a fun, open mind, instead of thinking things like "there would never be alcohol at a recruitment party," or "wow, do some girls wear black dresses at initiation?" - even though, clearly, some of those things crept through! Overall, though, as a movie, it was entertaining and tons of fun, most definitely worth watching with some girlfriends. It brought me back to my days of white dresses, skulls and crossbones, pearls, pins, parties and, above all, sisterhood.