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Miss Representation (2011)

Cory Booker , Margaret Cho , Jennifer Siebel Newsom  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cory Booker, Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson
  • Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GRWCF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Inspiring" --Entertainment Weekly

"Oprah stamp of approval could make Miss Representation the 'Roger & Me' of Media Reform." --Bitch Magazine

Product Description

Writer/Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom interwove stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give us an inside look at the media and its message. As the most persuasive and pervasive force of communication in our culture, media is educating yet another generation that a woman's primary value lay in her youth, beauty and sexuality-and not in her capacity as a leader, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. The film accumulates startling facts and asks the question, "What can we do?"

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82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, even after seeing it 4 times January 2, 2012
By Ms. R
I initially saw this film at the SF Film Society's showing, and as a teacher, felt it was important to bring along a few parents, students, and former students. My only regret was in not bringing guys along, who should most definitely see it as well. What struck me most profoundly was the momentum that was growing so quickly back in the late 60's and early 70's, and the backlash that appears to have driven us significantly backward ever since. As a parent of a young woman in communications, the statistics on who is running the media was quite shocking. My group left the theater profoundly impacted, and I immediately requested that our school librarian order a copy.

Over the Christmas break, I watched it 3 more times, once with my daughter and twice with "mature" women, and everyone was riveted by the movie. While it can be argued that this topic has been addressed numerous times over the years, it needs to be repeated in a variety of venues and formats to increase the consciousness of all of us. It is easy for those of us who grew up in the 70's to think the momentum kept on, when in reality, it has not. It is also alarming that young women have grown so accustomed to being objectified through the media, this would come as a surprise how manipulated they really are!

This produced substantial dialog and left me recommending it to a number of other people with teenagers.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
An impressive array of commentators contribute thoughts to Jennifer Siebel Newsom's well-meaning documentary "Miss Representation." News personalities, activists, politicos, and entertainment figures all participate in the dialogue about the media's harmful representation of women within today's culture. While this issue is certainly not a new one, it still merits discussion--and that is really the most unfortunate topic presented within this ninety minute production. In 2011, is this really something that we still have to talk about? That's the real crime here. A few of the noteworthy interview subjects include Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Nancy Pelosi, Geena Davis, Condaleeza Rice, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Cory Booker, Paul Haggis, and Margaret Cho. It's great to have compiled so many diverse viewpoints all striving for the same results, but I don't know how new or enlightening any of it serves to be to an audience already familiar with the issues.

"Miss Representation" is an easy recommendation for those just discovering the broader points of gender inequity. It's an important topic and this presentation handles it well, making numerous valid points and offering much food for thought. I do, however, have mild reservations for all others. I suspect (and maybe I'm wrong) that many of the viewers interested in this film will already have a solid knowledge base of the issues and strong beliefs. As such, there may well be an element of "preaching to the choir." I, in no way, am an expert on media, feminism, or cultural representation--but I do have a fairly well-rounded education and interest in current events. The general themes contained within and problems presented by "Miss Representation" have been around far too long, that's for sure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I watched this documentary a few days ago. It's a film that I would describe as "thought-provoking" (an overused term, I know...but I use it discriminately). It brings to light some very relevant issues that we, as a nation, should be discussing. My initial reaction to the film was a sense of frustrated anger. The problems highlighted in Miss Representation are so overwhelming, so pervasive in every level of our society, that they seem insurmountable. And what do we do when faced with a seemingly insurmountable dilemma? We blame.

I blame.

First I wanted to blame Men as a whole--for their shallow values, and collective persecution of the opposite sex.
Then, I wanted to blame the Feminists of the 1960s and 70s--for their botched and misguided effort to equate two fundamentally different entities: man and woman; an endeavor that began at the peak of this nation's most prosperous time, and one that I believe has done far more harm than good.
Then, I wanted to blame the Collective Media--the entity that, after all, is directly responsible for spoon-feeding our nation the destructive ideology highlighted in the film.
Then, I wanted to blame My Own Generation--my peers who seem so eager to not only consume, but to proliferate the myths that they are being fed.
Then, I wanted to blame The Younger Generation--our nation's bright adolescents, teenagers and college students who (by way of one recent historical game-changer that we all know as the internet, and the subsequent explosion of social media as a veritable way of life) have inherited and embraced a powerful new platform--a platform with the potential for global impact...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! December 27, 2012
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Fantastic. I'm a therapist & use it with my girl's group in high school. My girls love it & I've seen them become more media savvy post viewing. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This should be a required movie in all schools for boys and girls. I encourage all parents to watch this with children and discuss this move
Published 2 hours ago by Pattie Grimm
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good reminder!
I recommend everyone sees this, especially parents and teens! In our fast-paced world, it's important to slow down to watch this, whether this is new information or a reminder of... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Janina Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
I rented this documentary to watch with my 14 year old for a project she's working on. Since it's so long, I asked her at the one hour point if she wanted to continue watching and... Read more
Published 2 days ago by mom2teens
5.0 out of 5 stars So well done and important
Really eye-opening and important. I cite the statistics a lot in conversation and it affects people. I watched it on Neflix and had to buy it so I could own it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kay Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
There is no woman who will watch that movie and not be inspired and fired up to make a change in the way they are seen and perceived.
Published 9 days ago by BASIL O. ERUO
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important to watch
It is a great documental that every person (especially if you live in USA) should watch. I'm a high school teacher and I recently watched and discussed this documental with my... Read more
Published 22 days ago by T. T. Torres
4.0 out of 5 stars Great information
All parents and especially their daughters, eight years and older should see this. This movie may make you dump your TV.
Published 24 days ago by Sheila L. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Get fired up!
This eye opening documentary is a must-see for both genders. If you are raising boys, it challenges to raise them with awareness. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Brian Kauke
5.0 out of 5 stars Best documentary in awhile
Showed this for my teen clients very well done and inspiring. We had a follow up conversation which really caused girls to look at their actions
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING DOCUMENTARY!!!
This documentary was very well done. It is about how women are viewed in the media.I am a mother of a 5 yr old girl and this video hit home for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Luban
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