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Without the support system of a caring family or close friends, teenager Dawn Cottrell (Kimberlee Peterson) resorts to cutting herself to ease her emotional distress. When another outcast (Taylor Stanley) discovers her self-harm, Dawn finally has someone who can relate, though she still needs therapy. Fortunately, Dawn meets a psychiatrist (Rhea Perlman) who helps her through her disorder -- but Dawn's mother (Sean Young) and fathe (Robert Wisden) don't make the healing process easy.

Cast & Crew

Sean Young
Joyce Cottrell
Robert Wisden
Russell Cottrell
Taylor Stanley
Lorraine Rafeedie
Cody Serpa
Alex Cottrell
Rhea Perlman
Alex Cottrell
Kett Turton
Alex Cottrell
Richard C. Berman
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Sharon Cicero
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Ronnie D. Clemmer
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Ritchard Findlay
Executive Producer
Richard P. Kughn
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Bill Pace
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Brian K. Schlichter
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Critic Reviews for Secret Cutting

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  • For parents with teenage children, the story is terrifying. It's something else to think about, to look into -- rather than merely tossing and turning at night with worry. Peterson offers a powerful but understated performance.

    June 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Secret Cutting

  • Oct 24, 2012
    Graphic, hard-hitting story about a girl who cuts herself to relieve her inner pain.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/painful-secrets-12548735"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/54/87/12548735_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/painful-secrets-12548815"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/54/88/12548815_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/painful-secrets-12548820"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/54/88/12548820_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Painful Secrets</I></a></div></div> <I>Painful Secrets</I> (2000 Made for Television) WRITTEN BY: Dennis Nemec (teleplay) based on the novel by Steven Levenkron DIRECTED BY: Norma Bailey FEATURING: Sean Young, Kimberlee Peterson, Robert Wisden, Taylor Stanley, Rhea Perlman GENRE: TEENAGE ANGST/DRAMA TAGS: SELF MUTILATION PLOT: A misunderstood, mistreated teenager struggles with cutting behavior, bullies at school, and a dysfunctional family. COMMENTS: Kimberly (Peterson) is just an average high school girl who enjoys ice skating, making homecoming decorations, and slashing her arms open. Kimberly is bullied by the mean spirited jocks and cheerleaders every normal person wanted to bludgeon in high school. She is misunderstood by her domineering neurotic mother (Young), neglected by her marginalized father (Wisden), taunted by her musclehead brother, and sexually exploited by her "boyfriend." Feelings of worthlessness lead her to engage in self-punishing behavior manifested by cutting herself. She gradually transitions from light cuts, to slashes, to gashes, to giving herself third degree burns. Because Kimberly's mistreatment causes her pain, she feels the need to take control of her pain through self inflicting injuries. Her self abuse spirals into volunteering for a gangbang, and finally making a half-hearted attempt to disembowel herself. Rhea Perlman plays a sympathetic psychotherapist who offers help. For a teenage cautionary, After School Special type film, <I>Painful Secrets</I> is actually rather well executed. <I>Painful Secrets</I> is not as sensational as one might expect nor is it judgmental or saccharin. Viewers with pertinent personal experience praise the film for it's realistic interpretation and depiction of the phenomenon. It is difficult to watch this bright, sensitive girl filleting herself when she could have saved so much time and pain. Instead of attacking herself, it would have been more just for her to attack her real problems -the stupid, worthless, mean-spirited "jocko-homo-assholes" (an apt phrase coined by the band <I>DEVO</I>) who torment her at school. Her family would have benefited from strapping the mother into her bed at night and soundly beating mom with bars of soap wrapped in towels, ala Pyle's boot camp "correction" in <I>Full Metal Jacket</I>. Society would have benefited if Kimberly could have gotten away with applying her knife to the despicable clique that is ubiquitous at all high schools. (Three cheers for Klebold and Harris -Nerds-13; Jocks-0. I want to kiss their tombstones.) My personal fantasies aside, <I>Painful Secrets</I> moves right along. The characters are interesting enough and have sufficient depth that we care what happens. For a light treatment of a heavy subject, <I>Painful Secrets</I> makes for a worthwhile viewing experience. Based on the novel, <I>The Luckiest Girl In The World</I>, by Steven Levenkron.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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