Earlier this week, John looked into the horror show that is the Netflix movie “Cuties,” asking (somewhat sarcastically) if the film has just “been misjudged.” He went through a couple of different reviews offering different takes on the film’s relative merits or lack thereof. I will disclose at the start here that I haven’t watched the film myself and don’t have any intention of doing so. But it does seem to have struck a chord.
What I took away from John’s analysis was that this film appears to be whatever the viewer wants it to represent. Perhaps we do tend to see what we expect to see in the world around us. For example, he cited one review of the film from the Telegraph which described it as “a provocative powder-keg for an age terrified of child sexuality.” If that’s what you saw in Cuties, then you are somehow arguing that people who are offended by the sexualization of prepubescent children are somehow the problem and everyone needs to loosen up a bit. I don’t even know what to say to anyone thinking such things.
But others insisted that the film was sending a warning signal, depicting the erotic displays as a sign of something going wrong in our society. I suppose that’s a more palatable explanation than the idea of normalizing such “entertainment” but it still leaves many questions and much to be desired. Still others, like Jeff B. from NRO, decried it as nothing other than thinly veiled child porn dressed up to look like some sort of social commentary.