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Netflix’s ‘Cuties’ not only exploits young girls, it exposes liberal film critics spoiling for a culture war fight

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‘Cuties’ premiered on Netflix this week amid much controversy and fanfare. As a film critic, I am willing to give the artistic benefit of the doubt to almost any movie, so as I sat down to watch ‘Cuties’ I was conscious of the controversy surrounding it, which had started three weeks ago after Netflix’s marketing material made the movie look like it was sexually exploiting 11-year-old girls. But I was also open-minded enough to think the film might not match the marketing.

‘Cuties’ starts off with an intriguing premise that is bursting with dramatic potential: it tells the story of Amy, an 11-year-old immigrant from Senegal, as she navigates the clash between her old-world, Islamic family, and the modernity and libertinism of her new French friends.

Unfortunately, ‘Cuties’ pretty quickly devolves from its powerful premise and becomes licentious and lurid rather than dramatically lucid. Director Maïmouna Doucouré makes the egregious error of trying to produce a social commentary on how modernity hypersexualizes young girls by actually hypersexualizing young girls.

I am a cinephile, not a pedophile, so I found Doucouré’s repeated and extended shots of 11-year-old girls’ scantily clad, gyrating pelvises, buttocks and groins to be gratuitous, shocking and, frankly, repulsive.

It is amazing that there are people out there, like highly respected film critic Richard........

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