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Miss Representation (2011)

Cory Booker , Margaret Cho , Jennifer Siebel Newsom  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cory Booker, Margaret Cho, Katie Couric, Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson
  • Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GRWCF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,275 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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88 of 95 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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14 of 15 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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34 of 41 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 10 people found the following review helpful
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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Published 18 days ago by Barbara McDaniel
1.0 out of 5 stars Destructive
To explain what is wrong with this movie's theory here is the description of my political beliefs from my dating profile:

I like equal rights, but we need to consider... Read more
Published 24 days ago by TBUGoth
1.0 out of 5 stars A false version of the truth
As a woman I at first loved this movie but then the movie lost me when Lisa Ling said, "If women don't stand up for each other then no one else will. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lila Barrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must see! Very educational.
Published 1 month ago by anthrolove
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! Gave it as a gift
Very good! Gave it as a gift.
Published 1 month ago by Marsue
4.0 out of 5 stars Must see! Quality information for a more knowledgeable generation
I'm very impressed by some of the speakers on this documentary! Politicians, actors, producers, national organizations, Gloria Steinem. Need I say more? Read more
Published 1 month ago by recyclability
5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate insightful look into the social constructs that cause ...
An accurate insightful look into the social constructs that cause America to be ranked as one of the lowest countries for education and women in industry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dewayne James
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see DVD!
This film should be must see viewing for all! Adults, young people, male, female and every person works in media and every person who watches it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suzi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Documentary!
Every school should have this as a requirement to watch and discuss. Just as we are "what we eat" so too we are "what we see. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AC
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE - I recommend it to every mom I come across
A must for all mothers of daughters still under their influence. I don't agree with every view or even care for every lady on the show, but the message is a very important one and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Justice4All
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