Earnestly therapeutic teen trauma opus set in an exclusive boarding school, “Bringing Rain” plods forward, fueled by an overzealous belief in its own self-evident message. A car crash after a beach party leaves one teenager scarred and his girlfriend, a champion swimmer, an amputee. The resultant guilt casts a pall over the entire institution. Niesha Butler as the crippled girl brings a sulky presence to her role, but the rest of the cast is left to lamely mope and cope. Pic seems headed to cable.
After the accident, the couple drifts completely apart. She, deeply in denial, is relentlessly upbeat and active except in disturbing nighttime poolside scenes. He meanders aimlessly, cutting classes and forsaking his role as star catcher on the baseball team. Psychology 101 requires that the two get together and work through their problems, thereby freeing their classmates so that they, too, can solve their own demographically allotted hang-ups.