“Cuties” Film Review and How it Relates to the State of Our Nation

I always refer to myself at the biggest doubter because I have to research things myself and I do it obsessively. I don’t stop until I’m satisfied with my conclusion based on evidence. I’ve been seeing reviews on a new film that Netflix has called Cuties. It’s describes the film as follows:

”Eleven-year-old Amy starts to rebel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew.”

It seems fine based on the synopsis. The “conservative family” they are referring to are her Muslim parents. Amy goes from dressing in a hijab to wearing a halter top, in public. She sees women as being forced to go along with anything the husband says without question. I can’t imagine how she was feeling but I’m guessing it’s like being in a prison. Any pre-teen or teenager wants to test boundaries to find out who they are.

I’ve been seeing the #CancelNetflix bandwagon and I was wondering how bad could this film be?! I grew up in an atheist home so I figured maybe it wasn’t as bad as some of my Christian friends were claiming it to be. Yesterday I decided to watch it so that I could make an informed decision myself. As someone who loves to research Islam I found the start of the film to be intriguing. However, at about the midpoint of the film it was showing this 11-year old, Amy, watching soft-porn while praying with other Muslim women. She then becomes interested in wanting to dance with some girls she knows from school. Once she is accepted into the group for the upcoming competition she starts to teach them provocative dance moves that she has watched online.

That is where I had to stop watching because here we have 11 and 12-year old girls dancing like they are working in a strip club. If someone saw these girls doing this in a park the police would be called. I won’t go further into details other than it was highly inappropriate. This film is trying to portray a coming of age journey but it has monopolized little girls. These young girls had to redo each scene multiple times and being watched and coached by adults. Cuties is currently #7 on Netflix and I can’t fathom the millions of dollars the film has brought in. I’m sure there is a reason why it wasn’t played in movie theaters around the world, especially in Muslim countries.

We already live in a post truth culture intent on normalizing films like these that can be used for perverted intentions. Last week California lowered the bar for who to include on their sex offender registry. They claim it’s to protect the LGBTQ community but it actually prevents citizens from knowing who has committed such acts unlawfully.

“I cannot, in my mind, as a mother, understand how sex between a 24-year old and a 14-year old could ever be consensual, how it could ever not be a registrable offense. I challenge everybody: Give me a situation where a 24-year old had sex with a 14-year old, any kind of sex, and it wasn’t predatory.”
-Democrat, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego (Spoke on August 31, 2020 on Assembly Floor)

As Americans we don’t like to be uncomfortable and different. We don’t want to cancel Netflix because there are so many other “good” shows on there. If we don’t start voicing our opinions we can’t be shocked when we see the current state of our nation. As of today I am cancelling our Netflix subscription for my family because our sexualized culture is trying to make it seem normal for little girls to want to be wanted for their body and what they can do with it. As Christians our identity is in Christ alone, and we can’t ignore films like Cuties and think it will go away. We also can’t expect non-Christians to live like we do but we can take a stand to protect children from staring and watching films like this. If we fail to do this we can’t be surprised at the growing numbers of pedophiles and sex trafficking victims.

I hope you will join me and my family and cancel your Netflix subscription.