Saturday, June 20, 2020

BLUSH (2019): Writhing & Thrusting Middle School Nymphets

IMDb describes Blush (2019) as:  The sexual, psychological, and moral unraveling of an obsessive-compulsive suburban mom.

One minute and forty-five seconds into the film, which was written and directed by Debra Eisenstadt, Cathy and Matthew went to Lincoln Middle School to see Tara, their 13-year-old daughter, dance in a Fall Fair performance. 

Blush's opening scene reminded me of Lawrence Downes' New York Times (Dec. 29, 2006) editorial in which he described what he witnessed at a Long Island middle school talent show where the nymphets were: "[...] in teams of three or four [...] in tiny skirts or tight shorts, with bare bellies, rouged cheeks and glittery eyes."

Downes wrote that it was hard for him "to erase the images" of middle school girls (i.e., sixth, seventh and eighth graders) writhing, strutting, shaking their bottoms, splaying their legs, and thrusting their chests on the stage of a Long Island middle school while Janet Jackson sang, “Don’t stop don’t stop. Jerk it like you’re making it choke [...] Ohh. I’m so stimulated. Feel so X-rated.” In addition, Downes was surprised that the parents of the pre-teens cheered and applauded the "eroticized" performances.

And the opening scene in Blush reminded me of an episode of #blackAF (S01E03) when Joya Barris (Rashida Jones) happened upon Izzy, her 13-year-old daughter, dancing provocatively in a hot pink crop top and a pair of jean shorts, which were rolled up to make them even shorter. Izzy was accompanied by two other dancing nymphets - all of whom were filming a video to be posted on Izzy's Instagram account. Needless to say, Izzy's mother was mortified. 

But unlike, Downes, Izzy's mother, and Tara's mother, Matthew appeared to enjoy his writhing and thrusting daughter and her team of provocatively dancing nymphets. 

Per Deadline, Blush premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. 

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