5.75 out of 10.
Controversial feature debut by Doucoure about an 11-year-old French-Senegalese girl (Youssouf as Amy) living in the Parisian projects, who wants to join a dance group called #Cuties, is essentially an unconventional and unpolished coming-of-age story, and an over-extended TikTok clip. It is a mirror of the real world we now live in where pre-teen girls are exposed to a barrage of unwanted and undesirable inputs from media, the internet, social circles, to name a few, which influence them in many ways from their choice of questionable role models to ignorant rationalization about things. The film may be condemned as exploitative but it presents valid observations on parenthood, cultural conflict, desire for acceptance, peer pressure, friendship, adolescence, and social media. Only if these were presented in a more nourished way. Amy is not a fully-fleshed character and whatever triggered her to behave the way she did was hardly shown. The characterization of her mother (Gueye) is better developed as she is portrayed as an emotionally devastated woman who has failings as a parent. ... The film reminded me of child beauty pageants which have been also accused of sexualizing and exploiting young girls. Similar uproars in the movie realm occured years ago when Brooke Shields and Jodie Foster played child prostitutes. The film’s content is not shocking as material alike it is widely seen on mainstream media, trashy talent shows, and YouTube. Film may not have attracted negative reactions if it were a comedy about sexually-curious boys determined to lose their virginity. Even Abigail Breslin’s funny striptease on Little Miss Sunshine was embraced and she even got an Oscar nod. There are folks who are scandalized about the film but have no qualms in allowing their kids to upload YouTube and TikTok videos while wriggling in skimpy outfits. The film’s performers are largely amateur actors, and they act like one while the English dubbing is mediocre and unnecessary. A brave but failed attempt in tackling important themes. Read moreLess
This is typical dancing style for secular tweens in the Sudan and French Ghana.
If watching this gives you the creeps "TURN IT OFF"
I personally am not religious and find whatever youths do today as a natural progression of dance styles, and cultural evolution. I thought it funny at times offensive at times and "cute" at times... That is not to say seductive, but enterprisingly original. I liked it, the acting and the portrayal of the antagonist.
@TERRY72763 African dancing [CAUTION] "Topless"
I get the idea that they were trying to convey, but the movie makers went about it completely wrong. I only watched this movie because of all the negative attention it was getting and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Honestly, before watching this I thought people were just exaggerating and needed something to complain about. i figured that because a movie showed a few little girls dancing with moves like the way the new generation does, people chose this ti be that something. I did NOT think i was going to see, or rather see so much of little girls performing a strip tease. I'm surprised they didn't give those babies poles too. They could have kept everything in the movie the exact same, but taken so much the focus off of the stripper dancing and sexual facial expressions and i probably would have a different opinion. I didn't so much have a problem even with it showing the girls learning/teaching each other that kind of dance, it was the finale and all of what they taught those babies to do. ... Not to mention glamorizing it all. They didn't have to show that much of them explicitly. To me, they made the focus more about little children performing as exotic dancers than a girl venturing into and exploring her womanhood. They can say what they want about this movie only getting bad publicity and reviews because of "artwork put out by netflix" and that this is a "coming of age" movie about a girl "figuring out and finding her femininity", "haters and projection", etc., but it's all complete bull-💩 and an excuse. i'm sorry that i even sat through this (I did skip through some parts). This film is a pedophiles dream. Their focus was more on babies looking like they're auditioning for some sick child porn movie or a pedophiles hip hop video. It's basically child soft pornography. Also, there were a lot of things going on in this film that didn't make sense. Certain things happened, but were never talked about or were just dropped. Like they put it in the movie just to do it. No rhyme or reason, just because. This is one of the rare times that i agree with the masses about a movie. Read moreLess
First and foremost. If you go into the movie expecting dirty things, you are the dirty person.
If you haven't seen the movie and think it's child porn, Seek professional help.
You are projecting what you want the movie to be, not what the movie actually is. This happened with Guinea Pig 2 back in the day with Charlie Sheen, remember?
If you want to support female directors, telling female stories, watch it.
Essentially, it's the movie Thirteen but set in 2019.
Second. The morals of the movie:
1. Our society is f**ked and everyone is look for someone else to blame, rather than look in the mirror.
2. Pay attention to what your children are doing, let them be kids. They can be miserable adults later in life.
3.And for god's sake, keep them off the unfiltered internet until they're like 13~15. You can't protect them forever but you can teach them right from wrong.
The only real crime this movie committed is the god awful Netflix Dub. Holy hell the dub is bad and it's louder than the actual movie.
the tl;dr of the movie.
Our 11 year old Heroine goes from a good kid, to an absolutely evil little monster who almost resorts to murder to get what she wants, after her father marries a second wife , her mother has a breakdown, abuse from her aunt and being exposed to the internet.
Since there's a word limit, I'll keep it short.
She's the new girl at school, no friends. Falls into a group of girls who are trying to become big dancers in a competition. Our heroine, untouched by the horrors of the internet and other children ( since she comes from a devout and pious family) is slowly corrupted to the ways of our modern society. She steals her cousin's phone to search up memes and twerking and decides to assert herself as the dancing troupe's new video person. As it goes on she slowly alienates herself from her family, trying to become more popular. She picks up bad behaviors that go against what her family believes in , lying, stealing, mimicking what she sees in youtube videos and what older girls are doing/ saying. Her mother and aunt , respectively beat the snot out her for it.
She then takes increasingly extreme actions, such as drowning another girl to get her spot in the dancing competition. ( We never learn if the girl is okay)
Finally, at the end of the film. We see the new routine our heroine designed for the group. It crosses a line and nobody likes it. They're booed and parents in the audience cover their children's eyes. Our heroine, runs away and removes herself from everything. Pretending that it never happened.
It's a really surreal movie that shows the horror of the internet and the difficulties of having a daughter when the entire world is terrible.
The outrage mob didn't even bother to see how people react to the behaviors in the film, none of it is acceptable in the movie. But that's the power of ignorance in an age where everyone has the power to educate themselves.
It's a good 6/7. The ending blows. It doesn't show if there are any consequences for her actions, such as the new dance routine, stealing that stuff, abusing her cousin's phone, drowning that girl in the waterway.- but I'm gonna rate it 8/10 to spite people. Read moreLess
This film is unacceptable! This is like promoting child porno! and im sure sick pedos will like this..
child Exploitation film ....one of the few foreign films lately with dubbing, im tired of [reading].
can we get a petition started to have this pos abomination utterly taken off of Netflix and destroyed with a public apology?
@BlueFeather People like you are what's wrong with America today. Let's start a petition, let's boycott, let's protest. How about live and let live instead of trying to bully somebody into doing what you want? How about... "You know, I may not like this but there's probably someone else that does. So I'll choose not to watch it"
Instead you try to be the controlling school yard punk and declare ... "I deem this perverted therefore no one else shall view it" like you rule the world or something. You stir up all your little busybody cronies and set off on your crusade to attempt to force your moral, ethical, theological or whatever other beliefs you have onto everybody. Go crawl back under your rock and leave people alone.
Making "Cuties" to show how difficult it is to be an overly sexualized child is like conducting a live rape to show how bad rape is.
Defending the exploitative sexualization of pre-pubescent girls by insisting that only conspiracy-fueled lunatics could possibly be opposed to such things is pretty on-brand for the party of Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein. This film represents another beachhead in the long campaign to normalize deviant behavior that began decades ago with the "Sexual Revolution." Just as same-sex marriage was once unthinkable, but now is mainstream, pedophilia one day will be deemed not only normal and healthy, but deserving of legal protection. Those who object will be condemned as intolerant and bigoted. We are approaching a point where even the wicked men of Sodom and Gomorrah might have found themselves blushing.
You can make a story like the one told in this film without exploiting children and sexualizing them. If the stated message was the real point of the film, that is. ... The writer could have written a novel. They could have used older actresses, but they chose to cast 11 year old girls to behave like 25 year old strippers, the only thing missing was males for them to do lap dances on. Pedophiles will absolutely watch this film and get a real kick out of it, and to claim otherwise is like saying you can bring popcorn to the beach without expecting seagulls. Read moreLess
nope....This is an example of the liberal left justifying their beliefs to rationalize this as progressive thought.
Question... Would you let your 8-year-old kid watch a movie like this that sexualizes children?
perverted..borderline pedo.... sick
Did anyone reviewing this movie actually watch it?
cause of all the media hype on this particular Movie, I had to watch it and attempt to verify the media negativity.......damn! I couldn't get through half of the "Movie" without cringing. What parents would allow their daughters to participate in this ridiculous "Movie".
This film has nothing of interest for normal people to watch, what is this world coming to?????
This is the first review iv ever made.
This movie is a pedos dream movie. I watched the whole thing and if you defend this movie you either didn't watch it, a pedo, retarded or there is something wrong with you. There are close up nearly all the time of the little girls butts and other parts. They dance for creepy guard whos way too into it. Nudity of a girl I'm assuming is 18 but knowing this movie probably 15ish.
I don't know how else to describe this movie other than a pedophiles wet dream.
Whatever wholesome leitmotif evinced by the Film was entirely obscured by the indecently paedophilic overtones of the unscrupulous and salaciously disgusting hypersexualization of these unwitting little girls. A paedophilic wet dream is Cuties. All pretense of virtue and coming of age (@ age 11?!) is obscured by the soft-core porn choreographed for these prepubescent ingenues. A grotesque Disneyfication of underage sexualization. Pure and evil trash.
@Tamperer71 nice adjectives Tampo ... very ... incredulous and quite Buoyant.
This movie is presented on IMDB, so I don't see any reason to remove it.
Once you start banning/censoring movies to please a noisy few, where does it end?
@Buttless Like not letting people view the CRACKA movie cause a few got overly sensitive.
@Papamidnite Any idea where you can watch Cracka? I'd like to see that.
@rickgrimesrocks Still on YouTube to buy.
@rickgrimesrocks It seems to have been totally scrubbed from the internet like a Kim Kardashian sex tape. Cracka used to be on Amazon, but can't find it there either.
@Papamidnite Here's the trailer of CRACKA. youtu.be/N6F3cJVXqM0
@Papamidnite the far-right gonna love that one!
@Buttless Heads going splody all over the place!
@Buttless We understand the Board has ultimate control of content, however this particular waste of bits and bytes is suggesting sex with minors. Good Lord, more has been deem inappriate when cockroaches have been shown being killed (Starship Troopers). At least shadow the presentation with a sensitive material warning Admin?
@cholak1 where in the film does it suggest sex with minors? where? have you seen it?
@lookingforangels1 Open your eyes when watching
@lookingforangels1 I prefer not to engage this any further. I love the site and have had much happiness here over the years and I would just like to continue to do so. TY for letting me state my opinion.
We do not normally watch movies about adolescent kids, but with the controversy about this French Netflix film had to check what the fuss was about.
The story is about a girl from an immigrant Muslim family in France, at that awkward age between childhood and teenager. She is growing up in a very different environment to that of her parents and they all struggle with the conflict of cultures. She likes to dance and has a love/hate relationship with other girls at her school who form a dance troupe and mimic what they see on MTV, which is a shock to her conservative mother. But the point of the movie is the difficulty of immigrants in adapting to some of the culture around them, and how young people are influenced by their peers.
There has been a 'ban-Cuties' mob orchestrated on social media to review-bomb movie sites with negative comments about pedophilia, which is difficult to understand. There is no nudity or sexual content, just girls dancing in costumes you can see on TV every day. Compare this movie with others on general release, say David Bailey's work or Halle Berry's early films, and this is tame.
... So, the family watched it and we all got bored. Kids might like it. Not worth the fuss.
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@Buttless exactly what I thought, reminds me of videos i've seen of jlo, britney,aguilera. Little girls imitating. Would I allow my young daughter to do this movie?? Hell no! Will pedophils like this? yes! It's been exploited when it really didn't have too
@Buttless You're comparing adults to children
Child pornography is illegal and yet you close down a healthy political discussion? TAKE THIS ADMIN 💢👿😡
Anyone who thinks this is fit for viewing is sick and twisted. Cmon admin remove this now
please get this puke out of here.
@fuzzygrub You didn't watch it. You saw a few pictures, heard a few arguments about this being a pedophile flick and jumped on the bandwagon without doing any research at all. So allow me to clarify; this film is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It was directed by a French woman who won the best Director award for this film at Sundance and has taken the story for it from her own childhood. If you feel uncomfortable watching it, you are supposed to. The Director has this to say about it in an interview: "Maïmouna Doucouré did not imagine that her award-winning debut feature film—a coming-of-age tale drawn from her personal experiences—would spark international controversy and calls for a boycott. “For me, this film is sounding an alarm,” the French Senegalese director told TIME, ahead of the worldwide release of Cuties on Netflix on Sept. 9. “This film tries to show that our children should have the time to be children, and we as adults should protect their innocence and keep them innocent as long as possible.”
... Remember all those super realistic nuclear holocaust movies back in the 80's? The ones that scared the crap out of everyone? I'm not saying they stopped us from having a Nuclear War, but they sure didn't hurt. This movie is trying to do the same thing. I don't care if you watch it or not. I have not seen it and probably won't. I just want you to take your unfounded false narrative and educate yourself because everyone who talks about banning this movie without watching it is just like all the people that believed by building bunkers and living for years and years in them we could survive and win a nuclear war. They were idiots and so are you. Read moreLess
@fuzzygrub If you don't like it, you don't have to watch it. Typical douchebag Americans. Trying to dictate what people should and shouldn't watch.
@HelloSweetie! Not American
@HelloSweetie! Somehow Cuties premiered on the eve of Gavin Newsom's passing the newly revised law of LEGALIZING PAEDOPHILIA. FUNNY THAT.
@HelloSweetie! typical americans not liking.....pedophilia? ok. you got me. go be as sick as you want to.
@fuzzygrub It's not pedophilia you ignorant ass. Nobody is f*cking children. You're the one that let your mind wander that way. Sounds like you have the problem.
@HelloSweetie! It's sexualising children. That's plain to see
@HelloSweetie! funny how people are calling for this to get ban. have these people been under a rock? people been dancing like this. hell i remembered when i was 10 i went to a birthday party & yes everyone was dancing like that. funny how no one is talking about how she [SPOILER] went back to god at the end of the movie when she hear her mother's prayers. she realize she was taking things to far. hell she almost kill one of the girls at her school & started bulling everyone. the ending was a come back to god moment. the way i see it; it's like the movie the hunt. everyone is mad for two months until the world pick something else to get mad at. if your mad at this movie; then sit down & have a talk with your kids about it. if you want to change the world; start at home with the family rules of do's & don'ts.
@HelloSweetie! Not american, german, and this is absolutely normalization of sexualization of children. In our current day and age, stuff is getting cancelled for the most trivial "reasons", but this is supposedly fine. To top off the irony, it's the people usually calling for stuff to be banned who for the most part are defending this abomination. Insanity.
@Gaunti Germany has a bad reputation for child friendly nudist camps to this very day.. Glad you aren't one for the old country ways.
@HelloSweetie! Non american too,from portugal,sorry but you are wrong this movie is terrible, the excuse for the movie in trying to convey a message that child sexualization coming out of deep seated represion and cultural religious stigmas that hold some truth went wayyy too far ,some scnes are just soft core porn for pedos,get a grip lady
@Stonersabbath Don't watch it then!! You have no right to decide what other people should get to watch, period.
@HelloSweetie! I do agree that people should be able to watch what they want. But the line should be drawn with sexualizing children and should be banned.
@danzgig Well we do have underage pageants all across the nation. The same people entering their daughters in those with their bathing suits, are complaining about this?
I find the argument interesting.
@HelloSweetie! i think the way they are portraying them is what is thought to be bad. they are very young girls dancing and wearing things that will def appeal to pedophiles. netflix orig didnt use the movie poster but they had them wearing the blue outfits in a very questioning pose. they looked like child strippers. it has nothing to do with the actual content of the movie in terms of what they were trying to show which was this time period, theres a huge over sexualzation of young girls, and how it affects growing up. sadly there are pedophiles that will use this movie for bad reasons.
@Makichan84 any film can be used for "bad reasons," what a piss-poor excuse for censorship.
@lookingforangels1 Not every movie is about sexualising children so young or did I miss something in the avengers movies.
@Peacefulsoul72 movie doesn't sexualize children, it comments on how children are pressured to sexualize themselves and how that's a bad thing. you might've known that if you... ya know... watched it instead of blindly making assumptions.
@lookingforangels1 Definitely watched this pos. No normal person would defend this sad sad movie. Feel free to make more assumptions fool. Definitely sexualises children. Whatever you wanna call it it's awful and harmful
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