America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

DVD - 2010
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MPAA rating: PG-13 (parents strongly cautioned; some material may be inappropriate for children under 13).
Every year Americans spend an average of $12.4 billion (yes, billion!) on cosmetic surgery procedures. Why are we being conditioned not to like the way we look? Award-winning filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five-year journey to unearth the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, Calif.] : distributed by Xenon Pictures, 2010
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9781597883528
1597883522
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Roberts, Darryl.
Xenon Pictures

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ottawabooknerd
Aug 06, 2013

I was bothered by the 12 yr old model (Gerren) and her desperate mother. Also disturbed due to esthetic surgeries for female genitals and for dogs. What is wrong with people???

M_ALCOTT Jun 18, 2012

This was a great film that showed just how dysfunctional our beauty obsessed society is. It showed how far some people will go to attain this unrealistic standard of beauty western society has us believing will make us happy. From skin firming lotions, breast implants, liposuction, testicular implants, make-up,eating disorders,even vaginal mutilation.All in the name of beauty.

stephanie1111 May 30, 2012

This is a film that I'm confident all women in western culture can identify with. We are all told, through media (and sometimes our own family and community) that our lives would be more fulfilled if we conform to standards of beauty that have been set by magazines, television, and advertising. The director interviews a well rounded scope of people in the beauty industry, including magazine editors, fashion designers and their support staff, a 12 year old model in the adult modeling industry and her stage mother. I really appreciated this film, the fact that the director is male really impressed me.

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mehernandez1969
Jan 30, 2011

I recommend this to anyone! Lot's of thought provoking issues. I did not realize makeup was not regulated, so we do not really know what kind of chemicals we are putting on our skin, around our eyes and mouth. Made me more aware. This would be a good video for teens (boys and girls) to watch in health class.

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dprodrig
Oct 19, 2010

Really interesting video - with really humourous parts in it. Love the fact that men were also included, in that their opinions of beauty were a part of this: One of them is a real jerk and it's interesting to see his friend's reactions as well. My favourite comment is regarding the trees by the creator of the Vagina monologues... the second being, this is what we're trying to stop in Africa and American women are seeking it out on purpose.

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JCLDianeH Jul 14, 2013

Sexual Content: Sexual images, graphic images of nipping & tucking

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