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America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful docu has graphic scenes and strong language.

Movie NR 2014 100 minutes
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The film's most powerfully raw and disturbing moments occur when Roberts discusses rape culture with rape victims and covers the violent objectification of women in pornography. Although not much time is spent searching for a solution to this ever-increasing problem in America, it's still refreshing to see a young woman -- Roberts' intern, Cali Linstrom -- actively take a stand against bullying. We might not be able to spark as much change as Linstrom did with Abercrombie & Fitch, but society could be much different if others followed her lead to prevent the sexualization of today's youth.

It might have been more effective to focus on one or two of the topics presented in America the Beautiful 3, but you can't ignore the harsh picture it paints about the sexualization of today's youth, which has detrimental effects at every developmental stage. Roberts explores how child beauty pageants and the media's highly sexualized advertisements reinforce the idea that outward appearances are a measure of worth, while also focusing on one aspiring actress' journey to become famous -- which frustratingly includes both her and her mother changing their minds about the possibility of posing for Playboy.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 17, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: August 25, 2015
  • Director: Darryl Roberts
  • Studio: Monte Nido
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 100 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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