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How Lifetime's College Admissions Scandal Compares to Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman's Cases


Seven months after news of Operation Varsity Blues first broke, the story of powerful parents (including a few celebrities) allegedly scamming their kids into elite universities has made its way to the small screen.


Lifetime’s based-on-a-true-story movie The College Admissions Scandal premiered Saturday, depicting fictional families taking desperate measures to secure their children’s bright futures — and failing miserably.


Below, PEOPLE separates fact from fiction, comparing the film to the real-life scandal and subsequent sting operation that ensnared actresses Felicity Huffman (who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 days behind bars) and Lori Loughlin (who denies the allegations against her, rejected a plea deal and awaits trial).


The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors, parents, and Laughlin’s husband, fashion designer J. Mossimo Giannulli , were indicted on accusations of falsifying SAT scores and lying about their children’s athletic skills, among other alleged crimes.


There’s interior designer Caroline (Penelope Ann Miller), her lawyer husband and their son, a pot-smoking, guitar-playing, algebra-hating high school junior who’d rather pursue a music career than follow in his helicopter parents’ footsteps at Stanford.


But in The College Admissions Scandal , Bethany consults her elder daughter about the scheme, and she is fully on-board, posing for photo shoot with a soccer ball even though she never played the sport.






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