America the Beautiful

2007 R 1h 45m DVD

America the Beautiful

2007 R 1h 45m DVD
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Director Darryl Roberts' provocative documentary examines America's fixation with outward appearance and the unrealistic standards of beauty dictated to the public by the media, pop culture and the fashion industry. Featuring interviews with fashion experts, media personalities and celebrities such as Mena Suvari and Aisha Tyler, the film looks at everything from plastic surgery's growing popularity to widespread concerns about eating disorders.
Darryl Roberts, Ted Casablanca, Eve Ensler, Paris Hilton, Chris Keefe, Anthony Kiedis, Jessica Simpson, Gerren Taylor, Mena Suvari, Aisha Tyler
Darryl Roberts
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: PCM Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

Lots of images of models in skimpy clothing in magazines and on runways. Nudity (bare breasts) is blurred. Clips of music videos featuring women in sexy outfits and dancing provocatively (including Britney Spears and Madonna kissing) are shown. Teens discuss looking like "sluts" to get boys' attention. Gerren argues with her mother about wearing a padded bra to school.


Some brief-but-graphic footage of plastic surgery being performed.


Occasional swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "dick," and "a--hole."

Social Behavior

The film shows the negative and often self-destructive behavior that can result from buying into an unrealistic notion of beauty. Race, as it pertains to skin color and beauty, is discussed. Michelle Taylor is shown as both pushy and insensitive about the negative impact that modeling has on her daughter. Fashion publishers/execs appear greedy as they discuss the money that can be made from people trying to obtain physical perfection.


Includes brief interviews with celebrities like Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, and Martin Short. Fashion logos for Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Richard Tyler , etc. and brand names like L'oreal, Dove, Sally Hansen, and others are also visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages (wine, cocktails) are visible in one scene.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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