Miss Representation (2011)
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This film needs to be watched by teenage girls, for whom it may well serve as both a wake-up call and a course called Women's Images in Media 101.
Miss Representation is exciting and empowering, yet simple and entertaining. It's a must-see.
It may feel like the barely cinematic equivalent of a grad school thesis, but it's also a documentary that will spur conversations, one that could inspire and change lives.
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Miss representation started off well with a true story, but then it suddenly became political and went straight down hill. Although the film has a nice message, it was biased, manipulative, ignorant and inconsiderate. Just by interviewing people with no real qualifications and throwing clearly biased stats will not make the educated viewers more sympathetic towards the real issue. Why is the film only focusing on Hollywood? There are more than just Hollywood and California in this world please. The film really needed a direction, it wasn't going anywhere and keeps circling around the same themes. The editing was probably the worst part of the film, even a 3 year old can do a better job than the editor of the film. It is informative and all that but trust no liberal films.
The doc's exposé of the disgusting state of women in US media is a crucial one that we need to teach our children. Sadly, "Miss Rep" uses the cheapest graphical tricks from the book with overblown effects and childish editing to elicit pathos. In addition, though the message is precious, this particular doc implies that the blame is not in the people or culture, but rather in the elitist media tyrants that, it argues, control them; I don't think the term "Capitalism" was fully understood. And, the liberal bias becomes more and more evident when the only snippets of negative media come almost exclusively from right-wing outlets. Yes, this doc is quite one-sided, even with the shoehorned, rushed alternate perspectives at the end. There are shots and montages of women being abused with little or no connection to the earlier trends in the media that it mentions; contemporary dangers demonstrated in our nation's youth are touched upon without much cohesiveness in surmising how they came to be. The doc mainly points out a problem rather stoically without much emphasis on the causes, tons of speculation on the effects, and scattered musings on a nonexistent solution. The power of the media and the discrimination of women prolonged by its misuse is a very relevant topic that should be discussed. "Miss Rep," however, seems to have a casual disregard for science and context; its aim is to elicit emotion rather than discuss, thereby being a means of converting people to feminism, and, evidently, to other causes in its left, conspiracy-ridden mindset rather than concentrating solely on its premise. I'm not sure if that polar extreme is much desirable.
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