America The Beautiful - PG-13 Version
America The Beautiful - PG-13 Version
America The Beautiful - PG-13 Version
Item#: AME-1033
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Running Time: 103 minutes
Gr. 8-Adult
Closed Captioned
A film by Darryl Roberts


"Recommended. Fast-paced, straightforward... Roberts' treatment of the causes and consequences of America's infatuation with physical appearance is both accessible and revealing. (The) feature-length documentary explores the depth and breadth of America's obsessive fixation with body image and the cult of beauty."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"This is a film that deserves to be seen... (It) might rescue the lives of some girls ages 12 and up. It's about a culture saturated with the perfect, in which women are taught to seek an impossible physical ideal, and men to worship it. America the Beautiful is not shrill or alarmist, nor does it strain to shock us. Darryl Roberts, its director and narrator, speaks mostly in a pleasant, low-key voice. But the film is pulsing with barely suppressed rage, and by the end, I shared it."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago SunTimes

America The Beautiful explores just about every facet of this massive commercial enterprise dedicated to perpetrating a universal sense of female inadequacy, in a culture where you're told it's all about how you look, not who you are."
- NewsBlaze.com

"What is astounding about America the Beautiful is how affecting the film is. After seeing it, you'll want to make sure every one you know sees it as well - and not just women."
- SMU Daily Campus

"This film was like a 2-by-4 between the eyes. I guess I was an idealist. I raised two sons, and I guess I thought the United States had gotten past this, but it hasn’t. Nothing has changed in 30 years — and that’s sobering."
- Beverly McDonough, vice president, YWCA of Niagara


Best Documentary Director, Chicago International Film Festival



-10 Month Theatrical Run
-Screened on 145 college campuses-
All prices include DVD and PPR

K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, & Non-Profits: $145
Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses: $295
Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses (with DSL): $595
Public Library Circulation Copies: $50

If you are interested in the R-rated version of this title, click here

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts goes on a five year journey to examine America’s growing obsession with physical beauty and perfection, unearthing its origins and deadly risks.

In America the Beautiful we see how increasingly unattainable images contribute to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry's largest consumers.

In almost 40,000 media messages a year, youthful Americans are being told that, unless you look like supermodels and rock stars, you’re not good enough for anyone to love. In 2004 alone, Americans spent $12.4 billion on cosmetic surgery. America the Beautiful explores why Americans are spending so much money to cover up their discontent.

At the heart of America the Beautiful is the story of Gerren Taylor, a teenager who went from being an innocent 12 year old girl to being one of America’s next top supermodels. As she and her mother head down the windy road to stardom, viewers watch the dichotomy between Gerren's adolescent struggles and her adult “rights of passage” on the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and other top designers. Her tumultuous quest acts as a mirror to the American psyche, and it becomes apparent how the same beauty that could jump-start her career could ultimately destroy her young life.

To find out what has America’s pre-teens standing in line for their turn on “I Want a Famous Face", and adults on “Extreme Makeover,” Roberts dives deep into America's culture of fear, consumption, and idolatry for all things external; he seeks answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as everyday Americans.

America the Beautiful includes appearances by Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Anthony Kedis of the "Red Hot Chili Peppers," Martin Short, as well as Ted Casablanca from the E! Channel and Susan Schulz, the Editor-in-Chief of CosmoGirl!, along with various other celebrities and experts in cosmetics, fashion and media.

Ultimately, the film asks: What are the true costs of our obsession with youth, beauty, and a slender physique? Who actually benefits from this high-priced journey towards this ideal and does it justify a nation’s psychosis?

Special Features
  • Boris Kodjoe and Reggie Theus on Being Attractive
  • Interview with Eve Ensler
  • Cosmetic Ingredients are Mislabled
  • Girls with Eating Disorders
  • Canaries in the Coal Mine
  • Meet The Victims: Guys on the Couch
  • Physiognomy with Stewart Ewen
  • Interview with Ethie Ann Vare

    The PG-13 version is identical to the R-rated version except that the following content has been excised to comply with rating criteria: graphic depiction of cosmetic surgery, coarse language, and several images of scantily-clad models.

    If you are interested in the R-rated version of this title, click here