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Not Pretty, Really2006

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Writer/director Mark McKinney conducts candid interviews with selected subjects on the benefits and downside of being considered "pretty."

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I wish it were longer, but this film gives a not so gentle reminder that physical beauty is not an unalloyed blessing. The cost is not readily apparent to the rest of us. The "highlight" for me is when a pretty woman asks if they are filming a mockumentary because she is unsure whether the interviewer is sincerely interested in what she has to say or what she thinks.

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I wish it were longer, but this film gives a not so gentle reminder that physical beauty is not an unalloyed blessing. The cost is not readily apparent to the rest of us. The "highlight" for me is when a pretty woman asks if they are filming a mockumentary because she is unsure whether the interviewer is sincerely interested in what she has to say or what she thinks.

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Thank God I'm hideous!

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Fascinating perspective on what its like to be one of the "beautiful people". I found this film enjoyable and eye opening.

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A cute piece featuring beautiful people, both men and women, talking about being beautiful. I wish it had been longer, and explored some other issues of beauty in more depth.

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Woman perceived as "pretty" do carry a burden. Men have little constraint about talking about them to their faces, assuming they may be available, saying vulgar things as though this is allowed. The paradigm for this behavior is found in the life of Marilyn Monroe. Considered the perfect beauty, she was used up by everyone around her.

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Mentioned this short film to a student of mine, who promptly sneered, "Yeah, 'cos pretty people have so many problems!" I found Mark McKinney's mini-doc really affecting, actually. This is one that I would seriously consider showing in class. Well-done, and very persuasive.

Conventional beauty has its privileges; this film reminds us that one set of privileges is no guarantee of another. Beauty privilege & thin privilege do not protect women from sexism, for instance. It'll simply rear its head in other ugly ways. Touching and intimate.

Three minutes that will linger in your mind.

i LOVE THIS FILM/ sometimes people on the street will stop me and be like 'yo let me get a pic with you' and I will be lile 'certainly I'll jump in.' They'll snap the photo and I'll be like 'my emails "mkbeatsdylan@gmail.com" shoot me the pic when you post it,' and I'll just never get an email.

Most of these people aren't even very attractive?