The 1994 film has recently found itself back in the spotlight now that it’s available to stream on Disney Plus. On TikTok, user therjpowell recorded a now-viral video addressing the controversial kissing scene in the movie, calling it “cringey.”
“Tell me why Disney thought it was OK to leave this movie on Disney Plus,” therjpowell asks.
Though the entire concept of an 11-year-old falling in love with a grown woman is troubling, therjpowell calls out one problematic scene in particular in his video: the one where the 11-year-old and the grown woman — an FBI agent named Shay — actually kiss on the mouth.
Tiktokers were incredibly disturbed by this scene, especially following the revelation that the actors in the film were 12 and 31 during filming.
“WHEN I TELL YOU MY JAW DROPPED AT THE END,” one person said.
“I SAW THIS MOVIE A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I WAS ENRAGED!!!” another person commented.
“Disney… WHAT ARE YOU DOINNNN???” a third person asked.
“With its contrived plot, its MTV-inspired montages and its blatant shilling for products, it is film as hard sell, and it comes with a decidedly suspect warranty,” the zero-star review reads. “Its mercantile instincts are so primary it looks like an infomercial … Such a movie for children (from Disney yet) is a scary sign that Hollywood’s sensibilities are so out of whack there is no ethical bedrock left.”
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