Being Ginger (2014)




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"Being ginger" is a wonderful, illuminating look into the life of the film's maker, Scott P. Harris. At first the film seems to be a comedy about a red haired man trying to find love. But through revealing moments, whimsical animation, and real interviews, a universal story arises. We are all different. We all have aspects of our lives that set us apart from the crowd and greatly affect us. In Scott's case, it's his red hair. Through captivating storytelling, we journey with Scott as he lets the viewer into his thoughts, experiences, and internal processing of how his red hair has influence over his life and how it makes him feel about himself. Finding oneself through finding love and being able to accept it, can be experienced by all. So, while the film's title highlights red hair, it is about much, much more. Everyone should watch this film and reflect on what makes them 'ginger' in their own life. And, of course, give a ginger some love. (C)
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Critic Reviews for Being Ginger

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

The result feels like a class project (as indeed it began), stretched but not deepened to feature length.

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
Top Critic

This entertaining and enlightening doc also serves as a highly effective cinematic personal ad.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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Sweet, funny and ultimately rather touching, this rudimentary record of Mr. Harris's quest to overcome the romantic barrier of his carrot top walks a wavery line between dating odyssey and meditation on the scars of the schoolyard.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
New York Times
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Harris is wistful, funny, and articulate about his romantic neuroses and insecurities, saying of one woman, "I was crazy about her, even though she was cruel to me."

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Village Voice
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A documentary filmmaker's intent to make a movie about the prejudices red-haired people learn to live with evolves into something entirely different.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
Film Threat

A slight yet affable documentary...

Full Review… | June 22, 2014
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It is hard to believe that so many people would hate something so beautiful as red hair (yes, I'm a ginger lover), but it is insufferable to see this guy Scott make it all about himself in this empty, time-wasting "documentary" and whine about his self-confidence for endless 70 minutes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I found this film fresh, light and genuine - a rare set of qualities for a film of this type. It is the central character's willingness to be so openly vulnerable that makes it so compelling. The films exploratory storytelling also gives it life. I found one aspect of the film fascinating, that is, the way in which people approach/respond a circumstance or event has an enormous impact on their view of themselves and defines their happiness. This is not news and has been exhaustively covered by the self-help talking heads however what's refreshing about this film is that it demonstrates this principle in such a personal and authentic way.

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