Parents' Guide to

Cusp

By Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sobering docu about self-destructive teenage girlhood.

Movie NR 2021 92 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

This movie was shocking to watch. I just kept wondering where these kid's parents are and how the hell this movie was allowed to be made. I remember watching Thirteen as a young adult being shocked. This is straight up real life and made me want to cry there are teens living this way. Drugs, alcohol, sex is all normalized as a part of their lives and alot of people should be in jail for what happened and is happening to these kids!

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Cusp is a gritty, disheartening look at the lives of a group of teenage girls in Texas. "I'm not an adult yet, but I'm not a kid anymore," says one of the girls. The film explores how Brittney, Autumn, and Aaloni navigate this tense time of transition. There's no real storyline, but that's OK -- it mirrors the ambiguous, listless nature of the girls' lives. Somehow, the filmmakers are able to document their underage drinking, smoking, and drug use from the inside. The girls disclose intimate, heartbreaking details about their lives. And you can't help but wonder whether the filmmakers themselves are implicated in the violation and premature exposure these teens are victims of: Their traumas are forever on film. The filmmakers must strike a balance between exposing these realities and being careful not to exploit their subjects. While Cusp isn't easy viewing, it documents the harsh reality that rigid gender expectations cause real harm to young people. The takeaway? Girls are often conditioned to accept abuse and relinquish their innocence to be viewed as adult women in U.S. society.

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