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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Frank body image docu advocates acceptance.

Movie NR 2016 86 minutes
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age 15+

Must watch for every parent

I think this is great for every mom (and dad) to watch. It's about time that we come to love our bodies for what they can do, and love ourselves as we are. This movie touches on so many good points, and Taryn is just a lovely human being. Trigger warning for anyone who has, or with kids who have, eating disorders. This is a scene, around 20 mins in, with a severely anorexic young woman, that is really hard to watch for anyone who has gone through or has loved anyone who has gone through anorexia. That said, it's a short part of the movie and it really focuses on positive body image as a whole. Just loved this movie.

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This is a lovely, heartfelt film made by a mother exploring her own unforgiving self-image in the hope that her exploration will help her daughter avoid such harsh self-judgment. Director Brumfitt is a joy, an Australian national treasure, whose buoyancy and spirit could lift anyone out of the blues. Her adventurousness, empathetic interview style, and energy and enthusiasm bring out the best in her subjects, some of whom candidly describe shame and fear about not being good enough. Others share their own joy, having worked their way toward self-acceptance. Many interviewees repeat that there are so many more important things to worry about than the way we look. It would be difficult to imagine watching Embrace and not feeling better -- about people and the world -- in general.

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