The Thinning is a 2016 American social science fiction thriller web film directed by Michael Gallagher and starring Logan Paul, Peyton List, Lia Marie Johnson, Calum Worthy, Matthew Glave, Michael Traynor, and Ryan Newman. It is set in a dystopian future in which population control is enforced through a school aptitude test. Those who fail it will be executed. Two high school students learn, to their horror, that the tests are rigged.
In the year 2039, Earth's resources are nearly depleted by overpopulation, and global warming leaves less land for the world population to live. The United Nations declares that all nations must cut their population by 5% each year. While some countries kill their elderly and others enforce a one-child policy, the United States implements a policy known as 10-241 or the "Thinning", a standardized test taken from first grade to twelfth grade. Those who pass continue to the next grade, while those who fail are executed.