America the Beautiful (2008)
Critic Consensus: This doc doesn't expose any new territory about our unattainable standards of beauty, but does manage to entertain with an effective and accessible tone by filmmaker/subject Darryl Roberts.
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Critic Reviews for America the Beautiful
Perhaps in future exposes Roberts will uncover that ice is cold and furnaces hot.
Despite the occasional flash of insight, and a few semi-shocking factoids, most women are going to find this movie roughly as illuminating as a remedial math class might be for a Nobel-prize winning physicist.
In the documentary America the Beautiful, Roberts explores the cult of beauty in the United States and mostly succeeds in unmasking the flaws of fetishizing skin-deep beauty.
With so many pointless detours ripping you away, the film feels as lamely digressive as the proverbial one-track guy whose head won't stop turning as each new temptation walks by.
America the Beautiful provides plenty of food for thought, and Roberts' passion for the subject shines through.
Audience Reviews for America the Beautiful
There's some good footage in the clusterf*ck of material that went into this documentary, which couldn't decide if it wanted to be about a) the beauty standards of America, b) a twelve year-old making and breaking it in the fashion industry in a short time span, c) the struggle of people with dark skin to be accepted into the standard of how beauty is judged, d) the epidemic eating disorders e) false media representation defining the self-worth of girls in America or f) of the filmmaker representing himself as the humanitarian crusade of equality and acceptance in the aesthetic world. Some could say: hey it was about all of that, all of those ideas are interrelated. I still call it a clusterf*ck.
A GREAT documentary that told me things I already knew but alot of things I didnt know as well (Dogs getting plastic surgery?!) I'd recommend anybody & everybody to go see it once or twice.Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty? YES we do!
This was a great documentary! It really explores the issues that America faces with beauty. It covers so many different topics, and each one is an eye opener.
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