What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary -- which examines many Americans' unhealthy fixation with physical beauty -- looks at how the fashion and entertainment industries perpetuate an unrealistic image of female perfection that can lead to low self-esteem, eating disorders, and other problems. There's a bit of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t") and some crude sexual references; women (mostly models) are seen in skimpy clothing (but any nudity is blurred). Commercial logos and designer labels are prominent, but they're appropriate within the film's context. Brief scenes of surgical procedures may be disturbing to younger or more sensitive viewers. Parents, this is a good movie to watch alongside your teen; check out some of our tips about how to talk to them about the issues the movie deals with.
- Families can talk about whether the media creates and/or perpetuates an idealized -- and unattainable -- standard of beauty. Do advertisements, music videos, and fashion magazines create these images, or do they simply reflect what people want to see? Do you think the media can cause someone to develop a negative body image or eating disorder? Why or why not? Families can also discuss modeling. How young is too young to start a modeling career? How are young models portrayed in advertisements and other kinds of media? How do you think that affects them?