Lorena: Lorena (2019)
February 10, 2023 2:00 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Lorena Bobbitt became a household name in 1993 when she cut off her husband's penis. She became the butt of jokes as her story became a fixture on cable news. Twenty-five years after the case of Lorena and John Bobbitt, executive producer Jordan Peele reinvestigates the story that made headlines around the world. "Lorena" explores vital moral issues and the missed opportunity for a national discussion about domestic violence and sexual assault that surrounded the scandal. The four-part series, which looks back at the trial and the media coverage of it, includes interviews with the Bobbitts as they look back at the newsmaking incident a quarter-century earlier. Trailer.

83%/78% on Rotten Tomatoes;

Currently available in the U.S. on Amazon Prime and FreeVee. JustWatch listing.
posted by johnofjack (2 comments total)
I watched this yesterday and today and thought it was fascinating and did a great job exploring the characters of the people involved and the situation they were in. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked Lorena.

That said, John Wayne Bobbitt impressed me in a very different way. The drinking, the racism, the rape, the physical abuse of multiple partners, the vanity plates for the car and motorcycle ("DJ Trump" and "Trump, respectively), the porn career, the job as a bouncer, the time served--none of this surprised me. The only thing that surprised me about him or his life is that he had his dick cut off once rather than twice.
posted by johnofjack at 2:04 PM on February 10 [4 favorites]

I watched this when it was first around so it's been a while but Lorena herself is great and I think she's dealt with all of it well, all things considered. It made me happy to know she was doing well and trying to do good for others.

And yeah, nothing about John Wayne Bobbitt was surprising. At all. Of course he was that exact person.

This was clearly on Lorena's side (AS IT SHOULD BE) but I did find this to be another of those cases where we made the woman a punchline at the time and then later, felt bad about it. I just want us to do better at ... feeling bad at the time.

(It's not the most fun watch -- clearly -- but it's well done and certainly worth watching.)
posted by edencosmic at 4:51 PM on February 13 [3 favorites]

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