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Margaret Cho: Beautiful

3.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Learning to love her luscious self over the past forty years, comedian Margaret Cho realized that the eye of the beholder doesn't hold all the power when it comes to beauty. Our tastes may be groomed by the media, but how we feel about how we look brings our self-image into focus.

Armed with something more potent than lip gloss -- a mouth so shocking and raunchy it should be stamped with a warning. Cho toured America with her manifesto: "This show is really about how we should feel beautiful,"" says Cho. When you feel beautiful, you're going to have more of a willingness to use your voice to speak.

Shot at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, Cho's latest stand-up concert film, Beautiful, explores the good, bad, and downright ugly in beauty, and the unattractive politicians and marketers who shape our world.


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  • Actors: Margaret Cho, Bruce Daniels, Selene Luna
  • Directors: Lorene Machado
  • Writers: Margaret Cho
  • Producers: Margaret Cho, Lorene Machado, Dennis Sugasawara, Keri Smith Esguia, Nisha Ganatra
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KLQ31C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,896 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Margaret Cho: Beautiful" on IMDb

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By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
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The excellent part of this live stand-up show is that Margaret Cho begins at full throttle, with the powerful political and sexual material she usually saves for the end. The sad part is that this leaves her nowhere to go. When she starts out full-bore, that makes her push to maintain that energy, and leaves her nothing to finish with. Which probably explains her final show-stopper, a raunchy song that should earn a standing ovation, but just leaves me thinking: "Wow, this goes on a bit, doesn't it?"

Recorded in the run-up to the 2008 election, this show is half comedy and half call to action. Of course, that's par for Margaret Cho's course. If you've seen her before, little here will surprise you. Cho's humor is based on seeing the world from a skewed angle, letting her point out truths that most of us miss. And she doesn't let us down: every joke is up to her standards. Every line will either make you laugh or offend you, and for the same reason, because she's telling the truth.

But because she starts so high, the sustained energy smacks of desperation. The jokes are individually great, but as a set, they struggle to hang together. She screams for us to acknowledge her. I got tired watching her. And somewhere after the one-hour point, a switch flipped. I could see that this was funny stuff, but I couldn't muster more than an occasional chuckle. She just wiped me out. More careful timing might have saved this show. I love Margaret, but this show doesn't hang together.
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I own and enjoy all of Margaret Cho's stand-up comedy DVD's. In my opinion, each one of them has gotten progressively less funny. There is a lack of new material, a lack of real enthusiasm on her part for her humor and her fans ... she seems more like a political activitist that tells a few jokes now. Just not what I'd hoped for, but pretty much what I expected.
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What attracted me to her was her first stand-up movie "I'm the Want That I want." Margaret is someone who isn't afraid of making fun of herself and managed to transform her curiosity in life and her past failure into something that is vulgar, hilarious, and outrageous. On top of it all, most of her shows have an undertone of self-loving, self appreciation message. Her stand-up movies following her first successful movies, in my opinion, failed to capture her talent and fell a bit flat and overtly crude. BUT.... "Beautiful" is probably her best one so far. I can understand some people find her jokes can be offensive... but again, most Americans can be overtly sensitive and somewhat too uptight when it comes to sexuality and cultures.

Beautiful is wonderfully done. Margaret managed to keep the flow of her jokes moving from one topic to the next. My friends and I laughed so hard that we had a hard time finding time to breath. Her jokes are shameless, but you can't help laughing at them. She tackles a little bit on political scandals and mostly her journey wanting to be recognized as beautiful. I find her sense of humor refreshing. I don't cuss and I consider myself spiritual, but I don't mind vulgarity and jokes on religions. If you do, then you may want to reconsider watching this movie. Otherwise, with an open mind, I guarantee you'll have a blast.

Warning: if you are a republican who worships Sarah Palin, you may not want to watch this.
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I saw this tour 3 times (the last night I saw her she was very sick, but still soldiered on and gave a great performance) and it is her funniest yet. Margaret might not be for everyone and that's perfectly fine. However condemning a comic for being "shrill" or "mean" is absolutely ludicrous. Margaret is a champion for human rights and she is only mean to the stupid people that deserve her wrath.

If you like any of her past performances then this DVD will make you very happy.
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I have always loved Margaret Cho. Not only is she hilarious, she's relevant, intelligent, and socially conscious. However it was really difficult for me to give 'Beautiful' five stars. I wanted to give it 4.5, because it is funny and you will laugh but it seems too much of the material in this set was recycled and at times her delivery seemed off.

'I'm The One That I Want,' 'Notorious C.H.O.,' 'Revolution,' and 'Assassin' are all side-splitting funny. 'Beautiful,' while funny and culturally relevant for its time, missed the mark a bit.
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I don't know what happened to Margaret Cho but boy was I HUGELY disappointed in this DVD. She used to be SO funny and one of my favorite comedians. This DVD she looks different, acts different, and has lost her authenticity and likeability. Gay or not this material is offensive and just plain raunchy. Really it's not even "material" that she worked to create, more like someone drunk and blabbering immaturely about genitals for an hour. I'm the first one to crack up at things that others might find offensive but this garbage was truly a waste of time and insulting to the human race. I miss the old Margaret!
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I used to be a huge fan of Margaret Cho, but I wonder if her best work is behind her. This show was vular and lazy. I am certainly not a prude but I don't think you have to be gross to be funny, and Cho certainly doesn't. She's done great work in the past,and I know she has the wit and heart to create hilarious comedy. But I think she's confused about who she needs to be right now. She's decided that the gay and lesbian community is her only audience. That's fine, but I still don't see why that means being completely crass and sophmoric. It's not like my gay and lesbian friends go around talking about thier "parts" all the time. They're not sex-obsessed and immature, so why does Margaret think she needs to write her jokes that way?
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