Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010)


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An intimate look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humor and insight, the film captures Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists. Rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th Century American pop culture, present a brilliant and entertaining snapshot of the life of an extraordinary man and the controversies that surrounded him. -- (C) Phase 4

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Critic Reviews for Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (22)

A seamless, eye-opening entertainment about the civil rights activist side of the Playboy publisher.

Oct 31, 2012 | Full Review…

Even after 124 minutes of praise he still seems like a sad bastard.

Jan 3, 2011 | Full Review…

Hefner's Playboy Foundation fought for civil liberties in general. The cost for these activities came out of his profits, and that didn't give him a moment's pause.

Nov 3, 2010

A studiously airbrushed portrait of its subject, this obsequious biography of Hugh Hefner highlights his undeniable and important good works, while skirting any serious effort at context or psychological insight.

Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

This is not a probing examination of Hef in all his complexity.

Aug 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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This eye-opening documentary reveals the mensch beneath the moolah, the ardent social reformer beneath the paisley-patterned shirts.

Aug 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel


Far more than boobs and bunny tails Hefner has made a significant sociopolitical contribution to America. An education - I highly recommend it.

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