Wondering if Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix is ok for kids? Rated TV-MA for language, explicit nudity, and violence, this show is not for the young aspiring dance crowd or even teens. Tiny Pretty Things crosses the line in mature content, especially for a show depicting teens. Here’s what parents need to know in this Tiny Pretty Things Parents Guide.
Tiny Pretty Things Parents Guide
Based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and man is it brutal. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet.
The dancers are cutthroat and the opening scene is of a dancer falling four stories with her body on the concrete. In order to drum up better publicity, the school brings in L.A. girl, Neveah, to change the narrative and replace her.
Tiny Pretty Things is not kid friendly. Parents need to know that Tiny Pretty Things contains nudity, strong language, eating disorders, and self-harm.
There is a lot of language including uses of damn, sh**, fu**, a**, a**hole, and other sexual words like faggot, tits, pervert and “screwing a boy.”
In Tiny Pretty Things, there is a lot of sexual content. Not only the language but also explicit nudity and sexual relations between male and females and males and males. Teens are just having sex all the time and dropping their pants wherever.
You see nude bodies on top of each other, oral sex being performed. There’s also another scene of topless teens in a pool, some removing clothing and seeing their unclothed bodies before entering the water.
There is drug and alcohol use by adults and underage drinkers.
Some characters exhibit eating disorders and intentionally throw up.
Many kids at the ballet school are mean and bully other students for sexual orientation and for religious beliefs.
There are inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.
Many teachers say disparaging comments to the students about their dancing, bodies, attitudes, etc.
Is Tiny Pretty Things Appropriate for Teens?
This chilling drama about the dark secrets in a prestigious dance school could have been good, but it’s so inappropriate in many ways. I would not recommend this show for teens of any ages, and although it’s rated TV-MA, which is an appropriate rating, it’s the marketing towards teens that’s the problem.
When there was backlash for Cuties, most of it had to do with the ages of the girls. However, Tiny Pretty Things is almost as bad, because these actors are portraying teenagers and the gratuitous sex scenes are unnecessary to get the point across.
The dancing is beautiful, but why the random nudity everywhere? It’s almost as if the show focuses more on sex than the dancing, and it takes away from the story.
This show is crazy and messy, and if you want drama and absurdity, then this is it. It’s like a teenage soap opera, but without the restrictions of regular television networks.