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

Rating: R (for graphic nudity and sexual content)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Brigitte Berman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 2011
Box Office: $21.9k
Phase 4 Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (21)

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
USA Today
Top Critic

This eye-opening documentary reveals the mensch beneath the moolah, the ardent social reformer beneath the paisley-patterned shirts.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Top Critic

The film humanizes Hefner in a way no one has attempted to do before on the big screen.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Audrey Lush

Super Reviewer


"If your library card hasn't expired yet, I can let you borrow a couple books." - Hugh Hefner

"I create fantasies, Hef creates fantasies. Half of the fantasies we create already exist in people's minds, and all we do is help draw them out." - George Lucas

"Nothing defuses censorship like humor." - Hef

Hugh Hefner has a life that would be the desire of anybody. What a lot of people forget is how progressive he was as a person. He often supported important authors and musicans that were blacklisted an shuned by the moral standards of that time. He is an interesting and substaintal person in history.

Jeff Heruth

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