Cuties Movie Review
So this is what the controversy was all about? Critics from afar—mainly people who never watched the movie—trashed Cuties, a French drama about an immigrant preteen who befriends a group of classmates and joins their dance troup, because the film has the girls dancing “a little too sexy” for their age.
The thing is... that’s exactly the fucking point. These girls, intrigued by older girls who thrust their hips and dance seductively, simply mimic what they’re seeing in society. In the two scenes that, when viewed out of context, would and apparently did cause alarm, one is shot as an amateur music video that accomplished its task at making you feel uncomfortably. The climatic dance sequence, even more inappropriate, is portrayed as such within the movie, the people in the audience (primarily parents) acting with shock and disgust at what they are witnessing.
The point is... the controversy is completely overblown. And it distracts from what is a surprisingly decent drama, a well-acted and well-told story about a girl stuck between two cultures, trying to find her place as she comes of age. Fathia Youssouf is fantastic as 11-year-old Amy.
Cuties isn’t a must-see by any means, but it’s an engaging little production that doesn’t deserve the shellacking it received (ironically, it’s probably received 10x the viewership it otherwise would have). Don’t let faux-controversies scare you off.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.