America the Beautiful

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Released 2007

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Released:
2007
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R
America the Beautiful is a 2007 documentary from writer-director Darryl Roberts that explores the complex and controversial issue of self-image and cosmetic improvement in the United States, utilizing celebrity testimony, archival footage, and the stories of people who have fallen victim to the darker side of self-improvement to paint a portrait of a nation driven mad by beauty. For children growing up in America, it's impossible not to be affected by the TV commercials, advertisements, celebrities, and media personalities that identify beauty as a goal every American should work towards. This film explores the development of America's body image problems, exploring the prevalence of eating disorders, cosmetic surgery, and other extreme efforts individuals take to achieve their perfect body. Featuring appearances by Paris Hilton, Anthony Kiedis, Martin Short, Jessica Simpson, and more, America the Beautiful offers a riveting account of self-image struggles in the United States.

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  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Wide-ranging educational documentary attaches itself to the rise and fall of a 12-year-old fashion model, and indeed, its sincere, cautionary tone seems best suited to younger auds...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    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.

  • 0

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Clueless, directionless and altogether pointless.

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