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I don't understand this part


Turns out Jeff was in on the attack (not just mailing letters) from the beginning, right? So why do we see about 20 minutes of movie events unfolding which show that all he planned to do was mail letters, and showing his complete surprise and anger at Shawn when he finds out what his hitmen did? Was all of that Jeff's version of the story? It wasn't clear, especially since in the end he did confess that he planned the attack, so why in the present day would he recount a story which is the opposite of what he confessed to, and why would the movie show us that story for so much of the running time? Or what am I missing?

Also, a side question... Why did Tonya's mother want to tape her?

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Thanks for your helpful reply.
I still think the movie is unnecessarily confusing in the way it's constructed regarding Jeff's exact plan (if it was an attack on Nancy Kerrigan or letters). Because, ok, I understand from your post that the movie shows us Jeff's version of the story which is based on his claim that it was always only going to be letters. But then, we see a scene in which Tonya asks him if he knew and planned it and he pretty much admits to her that he did.

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Tonya Harding knew about and was complicit in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. I have no sympathy for her whatsoever.

I'll also add that I know enough about the real-life Tonya Harding, and I also did see the trailer of "I, Tonya", and between those two things put together, I decided not to see the film "I, Tonya".

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Regarding how much Gilooly knew, it seems *quite* a stretch that he would have ordered letters and without his knowledge ended up getting an assault. It strains credibility that his confederates would go that far without his assent.

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Hmm - Eckhardt sounds pretty crazy, and apparently is dead already - but thanks for so much info!

All this made made me wonder, by the way, if they got to this attack idea because threatening letters actually were sent, but didn't seem to have any discernible effect?

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