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What is Cuties on Netflix about, why is the film controversial and when is it released?

NETFLIX'S Cuties hasn't even been released yet, but is already causing controversy.

The film has been slammed for"sexualising" young girls.

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What is Cuties about?

Cuties tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who joins a "twerking dance squad".

Netflix has altered the film's synopsis, which angered viewers as the original logline on Twitter read: "Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew. Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family’s traditions."

It now reads: "Eleven-year-old Amy starts to revel against her conservative family’s traditions when she becomes fascinated with a free-spirited dance crew."

In a statement, Netflix said: "This was not an accurate representation of the film so the image and description has been updated."

Why is Cuties so controversial?

The French film has been blasted for "sexualising girls" and a petition to have it prevented from dropping Netflix fetched 20,000 signatures in one day.

The movie which premiered at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival this year, pulls internet culture into the spotlight and focuses on the hyper-sexualisation of girls.

In the American promotional poster for the Netflix release, Amy and her "Cuties" are seen wearing incredibly short and tight shorts and crop tops and posing in mature positions that have been deemed sexual.

In comparison, the French poster shows the four lead girls laughing and dancing as they hold shopping bags.

The girls are wearing bras over their clothes, but the vibe feels more playful.

When is Cuties released?

The movie premiered at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020.

The film is due to drop on Netflix on September 9, 2020.

It will be available from 8am on that day.

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