(A movie review)
Sally Marshall Is Not An Alien - a 1999 Australian family drama
Pip is a young girl who is a little bit of a loner, doesn't quite fit in. Rhonnie is a horrible bully of a girl who tries to manipulate everyone fiendishly. Sally is the new girl and becomes the newest victim of Rhonnie's nastiness. I think just about everyone will be able to relate to the kids in this story.
Rhonnie concocts a story of Sally being an alien and Pip, who is fed up with the bullying, tries to stand up to Rhonnie, taking the side of Sally, who, despite being her neighbor, she doesn't know at all... yet. Rhonnie bets Pip that Sally is an alien and she goads Pip into betting her telescope and then forces her to prove that Sally is really human or she loses her most prized possession. To add insult to injury, Rhonnie twists Ben, a friend of Pip's, into doing some of her dirty deeds throughout most of the story.
The friendship that forms is heart-warming and the deceit that follows is just as heart-breaking as the kids make some bad choices. But never fear, it does have a happy ending, though with just a touch of bitter-sweet thrown in to bring on the tears, so bring a tissue.