A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
What it means to grow up, make adult choices; the impact choices have on friends, family, future; what it means to respect oneself; bodily autonomy; honesty about the cost of bad choices; the good that can come from mistakes or bad choices; examining the impact of the sex industry on boys, girls, men, women.
Positive Role Models
No participants here are "bad" people per se, but they are young and make poorly considered choices. Many of the girls rationalize their decisions to do porn, fail to understand some of the nuance, but rightly understand that they can make choices with their own bodies. Many of the girls are portrayed as shallow, driven by money, fame, freedom, or the desire to escape stifling small towns. Men are portrayed as merely opportunistic. Parents are heartbroken, concerned.
Violence & Scariness
A few scenes show women in the setup for extreme oral-sex porn, at first spoken to abusively with profanity and racial slurs, then partially out of frame, gagged to the point of vomiting, slapped and spit on, then forced to lick it up.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent nudity includes breasts, behinds, scantily clad bodies, various prep for porn shoots, women lounging topless or in bikinis. Holding a large dildo. Frequent discussion of sex, ejaculation, various sexual positions, the mechanics of various shoots, rubbing themselves for webcam work, frank discussion of having a sex-related cyst drained from a girl's labia; frequent screenshots of porn sites or browsing of porn categories online.
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"F--k" throughout; "bitch," "s--t," "c--t." Racial slurs.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A girl smokes a joint; cigarette smoking in a few scenes; casual (possibly) underage drinking in a few scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Girls Wanted is an explicit, bleak, but ultimately hopeful documentary about a corner of the porn world called "pro- am," or professional amateurs, featuring girls typically 18 to 21 who enter the porn industry without previous experience to make porn for websites. There's frequent, explicit nudity showing bare breasts and behinds, porn shoots, and lots of scantily clad young women; explicit, often crass discussions of sex; cigarette smoking and some drinking; and a few scenes that show particularly abusive or extreme porn, though it's somewhat out of frame. Profanity is frequent and includes "f--k" and "c--t." The movie highlights not only the endless supply of young women looking to make a fast buck by exploiting themselves but also the lack of regulation in the industry outside of hubs such as Los Angeles. It's not for the faint of heart and best for mature teens and parents prepared to look at a dark and unsavory side of the sex-work industry. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
HOT GIRLS WANTED paints an alarming picture. It's particularly striking when a young man named Riley, the founder of Hussie Models, who recruits young women for Internet porn out of his Florida house, blithely declares, "Every day a new girl turns 18. Every day a new girl wants to do porn. I will never run out." That sets the tone for what follows: increasing levels of exposure, equal parts monotonous and sad, to the daily grind of moving to some dude's house to pay rent, go on porn shoots, and spend most of your money on clothes, makeup, bras and panties, hair styling, and heels to participate in a notoriously unregulated slice of the industry, far away from the more heavily restricted porn industry in California.
The main takeaway here is that these women, like many 18-year-olds before them, are in for their fair share of bad choices. But theirs, driven by a pornified culture that glamorizes porn stardom and makes it seem as easy as a summer job waiting tables, are inordinately focused on fame, good times, and a love of the good life -- as if drawn directly from the lyrics of a hip-hop song. Sadly, they will make far more money doing this than waiting tables, and though most of them stick around for a few months, enough to make a couple grand in fast cash, most end up leaving for one reason or another: pressure from parents, boyfriends, or friends or just the fatigue. But the documentary doesn't do much beyond paint this bleak picture. What is to be done? Hope every wayward girl finds her way out eventually? What's missing is a discussion of how regulation can make a bad choice at least a safer, more stable one for the woman who believes herself to have few other options. How are these girls different from Duke University student Belle Knox, who appears briefly in the film, and ostensibly has choices and still opted in to porn work? Lots to discuss here.
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