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Luckiest Girl Alive viewers urge Netflix to add trigger warning to start of film: ‘Watch with caution’

Users are criticising the service for ‘dropping the ball’

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 13 October 2022 05:07 BST
Luckiest Girl Alive trailer

Netflix users are issuing warnings for those planning to watch Luckiest Girl Alive.

The new film, which is based on the 2015 novel by Jessica Knoll, follows Mila Kunis’ lead character who is faced with a past trauma related to a horrifying high school shooting.

Those who have watched the 18-certificate film since its release on Friday (7 October) are alerting their Twitter followers to the fact that the film features “harrowing” scenes many might find triggering.

Netflix briefly mentions that Luckiest Girl Alive features “sexual violence” and “threat” at the top of the screen when the film starts – but many users believe this is not enough, and are saying it should be made clearer that the film features “intense scenes of sexual assault”.

“Netflix really dropped the ball on not adding a giant trigger warning for Luckiest Girl Alive,” one viewer wrote.

Another subscriber added: “Heads up to anyone who wants to watch Luckiest Girl Alive on Netflix. The movie is triggering, heavy and the sexual violence scenes are graphic. I hate it when they do this coz there was no trigger warning.”

“I was bamboozled by Netflix’s description of Luckiest Girl Alive,” an additional user stated, writing; “No trigger warning, no heads up, no nothing.”

Netflix has faced similar controversy before, with the film All the Bright Places.

Also, upon the release of 13 Reasons Why in March 2017, the series sparked a debate about whether it deals with the subject of teen suicide tactfully and was criticised heavily by mental health organisations

Mila Kunis in ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ (Netflix)

It was reported at the time that schools were issuing letters to parents warning them about the drama, which led to the show’s producers defending their decision to include the controversial scene.

Luckiest Girl Alive, which co-stars Connie Britton, Scoot McNairy and Finn Wittrock, is available to stream on Netflix now.

Find out whether it’s based on a true story here.

The Independent has contacted Netflix for comment.

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