Mila Kunis stars in a traumatic new film that has some viewers regretting they ever watched.
Critics are now urging Netflix to include a trigger warning on the film, “Luckiest Girl Alive,” due to the flick’s disturbing scenes of sexual violence. The complaints started circulating the web on the heels of the #MeToo-tinged movie’s release on the streaming platform Friday.
Based on Jessica Knoll’s best-selling 2015 novel of the same name, the drama concerns successful NYC magazine writer Ani FaNelli (Kunis), whose meteoric rise is jeopardized by a True Crime documentary that details her harrowing experiences in high school. These include surviving a school shooting and enduring a gang-rape at 14, which was largely ignored by her peers and adults.
“LGA,” which is also produced by Kunis, 39, explores the phenomenon of victim blaming and the scarlet-lettering of sexual assault survivors in graphic detail — perhaps too graphic for some audiences.
Following the R-rated film’s release on Netflix, appalled viewers took to social media to complain about its disturbing depictions of rape. Some felt these brutally realistic scenes warranted “trigger warnings” beyond the platform’s standard pre-screening disclaimer, which only briefly mentions “sexual violence” and “threat” on top of the screen when the movie begins.
“Wow. Good job, @netflix on the trigger warning you didn’t provide on your Luckiest Girl Alive movie smh,” snarked one disappointed viewer. “PSA for anyone who is gonna watch the movie, there is very graphic intense scenes of sexual assault in this movie.”
“Netflix really dropped the ball on not adding a giant trigger warning for Luckiest Girl Alive,” declared another.
One disturbed watcher warned, “Anyone thinking of watching the new film on Netflix ‘Luckiest girl alive’ please be aware there are some SA scenes that have not been highlighted in the genre/description section on Netflix. Very real/graphic and could trigger PTSD.”
“Netflix didn’t bother to give a trigger warning but i will,” wrote another. “Do NOT watch Luckiest Girl Alive if you are only expecting a movie about a school shooting. there are very very graphic depictions of SA as the main plot point.”
Notably, however, “LGA” has created a rift among viewers, with fans calling it a sobering portrayal of the ugly realities faced by sexual assault survivors.
Detractors have meanwhile dubbed it a glorified PSA that attempts to cram too many “hot-button issues” into one flick. This dichotomy is epitomized on Rotten Tomatoes, where the movie holds a 41% fresh rating among movie critics and a 77% with regular viewers.
This isn’t the first time a Netflix series has gotten into hot water over allegedly traumatic content.
In January 2021, viewers slammed Netflix’s True Crime docuseries “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” for its depictions of gore, which were reportedly so lurid that even seasoned true-crime fans had to shut it off.