In-depth docu about Miss America Pageant history; language.
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Royalty is a documentary about the history of the Miss America Pageant. There are references to nude photos, premarital sex, sexual objectification of women's bodies, a kid's removal from life support, and drinking alcohol. Language includes "ass," "c--ts," "hell," "f--k," "f---ing," and "s--tty." When it began in 1921, the Miss America Pageant had race and religious rules for contestants. Only White and Christian women could take part in the pageant and also meet the standards of White beauty. Since then, diverse contestants have been chosen for the title. Making a positive difference in the lives of others is a theme throughout the film.
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What's the Story?
AMERICAN ROYALTY is a documentary about the Miss America Pageant, which began as a way to extend the Atlantic City, New Jersey, summer tourist season in 1921. Through firsthand interviews and archival footage and photos, the film explores Miss America's historic evolution from a Whites-only beauty pageant to its rebrand as a diverse and inclusive competition.
Is It Any Good?
This film about the Miss America Pageant is a cinematic treat. It's great to see American Royalty winners reflect on their reigns and also share inspiring stories, such as Debbye Turner, Miss America 1990. Her pageant platform was motivating youth to excellence. "I didn't look like a Miss America," says Turner. "I was this little country Brown girl from Jonesboro, Arkansas, that defied all the odds." Now a veterinarian, Turner says that "you can achieve anything you want to and I am living proof of that."
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the communication of the cast in American Royalty. How do they also demonstrate courage and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
The Miss America Pageant swimsuit competition was eliminated in 2018. Why was this decision made and do you agree with it? Why, or why not?
The pageant has had the help and teamwork of local volunteers over the years. What do you think about their efforts? What may be the possible benefits of volunteerism?
Do you think that the pageant is still relevant? Why, or why not?
- On DVD or streaming: February 21, 2023
- Cast: Leonard Horn, BeBe Shopp, Debbye Turner
- Directors: Daniel Fisher, Stephen Fisher
- Studio: Vision Films
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Activism, Great Girl Role Models, Holidays
- Character Strengths: Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 96 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 21, 2023
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