Brooke Emerson (Cristine Prosperi - The Wrong Neighbor) seems like a pretty typical high school kid with some at her school being jealous due to her popularity. But ever since a cheerleading accident, where she hit her head, Brooke has suffered from IED - Intermittent Explosive Disorder - where much to her frustration she can fly off in to uncontrollable rages, sometimes turning violent in the process. But having met and fallen for the older and handsome Jake (Blake Burt) she hopes that her life will settle down and things will become better, although she is cautious as he seems controlling and needy. But when her best friend ends up murdered, Brooke fears that maybe she did it during one of her moments of uncontrollable rage, leading to her depending more than ever on Jake who becomes all the more controlling.
Two things came to mind when I read a synopsis for "Murdered at 17"; firstly was where do they come up with these medical conditions and secondly whilst pretty obvious it should be a reasonable watch for a fan of TV movies. Sadly I have to say that "Murdered at 17" doesn't come together in a way which draws you in to the unfolding drama and the characters. The end result is that on one hand we have Brooke who suffers with these moments of rage and on the other we have her older, obsessed, controlling, creepy, delusional, fantasist boyfriend who is of course dangerous and deceptive when it comes to getting things his way.
The big problem with "Murdered at 17" is that the lack of character depth combined with a dull, often slow, styling makes it feel laborious. You keep on wondering when something truly shocking will come along but it never does or if it does you feel numb and uninvolved so it doesn't have the desired impact. In a way it is a shame as whilst the story of a psycho boyfriend and a woman with a medical condition isn't anything new the whole Intermittent Explosive Disorder element to this one had more potential to be something explosive and entertaining.
What this all boils down to is that "Murdered at 17" is not a bad made for TV movie but it is one which straddles being middle of the road thanks to a dull styling mixed with some good ideas.