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Instead, we are left with a film with some revealing moments but more commonly, a haphazard structure of interview snippets that seem to make the same set of points over and over again - the incessant struggle to find good roles for women past forty, the precarious balance between managing a career and raising a family, and the myopia of profit-minded studio executives interested in what teenage males want to see (at least according to film critic Roger Ebert, the only male interviewed). The problem is that Arquette, as a documentarian, cannot provide much-needed objectivity to her subject, as she repeatedly interjects with her personal experiences when she is not fawning over her subjects.Read more ›
Often these types of documentaries suffer mightily under the weight of overwhelming ego-angst of the personality who makes the film. However, Ms. Arquette walks that very narrow tightrope about expressing her own feelings and concerns--sharing herself--without overwhelming the viewer. I have always admired her work, but I think this is the best film that I have seen Ms. Arquette in. I cannot praise her work in "Searching" enough.
The interview subjects are also beyond praise: Tracy Ullman talking about "dignity," in a way that is poignant--but still hilarious; Whoopi Goldberg, as the "smart Whoopie," talking about not having fame handed to her on a silver platter (the platter was platinum), and how her career choices affected her family; Martha Plymton describing her roles as being "the friend, with all her lines as questions ("How *are* you?" "Are you going to *out* with him?"); Ally Sheedy describing the main quality for women actors is reduced to "Ef-ability;" Daryl Hannah complaining about having to wear a short, brown haired wig to play the "mother" of a sixteen year old--when Kelly Lynch is the mother of a sixteen year old, and is no where near "mousy" by any definition. Almost all of the insights are terrific. Sharon Stone, in particular, I enjoyed.
But Debra Winger--I cannot be objective about Ms. Winger. She is one of my favorite actors of all time, having the talent to display just the right mix of tenderness, sensuality, spunkiness, and intelligence (emphasis on the latter)--if you don't know what I mean, then I won't be able to explain it to you.Read more ›
Avoid this turkey.
Consider who we're hearing from. Featured are many of the actresses whose experiences and performances have recently shaped how our culture experiences and values women - how it celebrates them (physicality, vulnerability, grace, sacrifice) - and how it devalues and limits them. Acting requires the ability to express, distill and represent, so what is captured (yes, inexpertly!) is filled with emotional depth, truth, and insight.
I don't need this film to be a perfect example of filmmaking or editing. In fact, its flaws are deeply interesting and relevant to the study. It's interesting to hear the actresses greet one another with validation on how they look, especially older actresses.
I've watched the film several times, taking away new insights each time.Read more ›
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A great documentary on being an actor and a woman. A lot of reality from a lot of your favorite actresses.Published 5 months ago by Michael Bush
Wonderful look at Hollywood film production from woman actors perspective.Published 18 months ago by Anna M. Curren
really disappointing. lot's of great issues to talk about, just wasted... the interviews- the questions and the answers (at least most of the ones they show) are just not profound,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by mmv
I enjoyed this documentary by Rosanna Arquette in many ways. It's not about Debra Winger; rather, it poses the question: "Where do actresses go after they turn 40? Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Frank
"When Donald left, I had to do EVERYTHING. Work and hire a cook, a gardener, a nanny. EVERYTHING. Ok, my studio's secretary got me a cook, and gardener, but I hired a nanny myself,... Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by John Doe
Full disclosure: I did not watch the whole movie. I can't imagine who could have done so. I thought I might be watching a movie that told me a little about Debra Winger, an... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by P. Caulfield
great price and great condition-shipped promptly there were no scratches and it played perfectly.i am very happy with my purchasePublished on September 27, 2012 by benjamin d held-All items were great
There are two ways to watch this movie either as a fan of the many actresses or as a documentary of women who struggle to balance work and life. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by S. Dargin