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Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Docu about hookup culture has sex, violence, language.

Movie NR 2017 84 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Eye opening & crucial film for young adults & parents alike

This documentary follows British and American college students on spring break. The media and pop culture’s influence on young people and their mindsets and sexual behavior is revealed through deeply insightful and at times uncomfortable footage. The messages society tells young men and women about their sexuality have a profound impact on their sense of identity and the dark path this cultural narrative can lead to, as revealed through this documentary. What does it mean to be a young man, a young woman, a human being in today’s world? What leads to rape culture? A unique film with footage that helps the viewer ask crucial questions and consider the culture which leads to casual sex and male entitlement to women’s bodies. I would recommend older teens and above watch this, and every parent with kids in college or soon to leave for college. It may lead to much needed conversations. It doesn’t help our young people to not have these important honest conversations and be aware of the issues and pressures they are facing in today’s world.

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Great messages
age 13+

A Culture Pornified

I'm not gonna write down a speech but I think its the bitter reality of today's pop culture. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone with a desire to understand the meaning of LOVE.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This documentary has its heart in the right place, but because of editing misjudgments remains a disturbing and somewhat misleading film. At first it feels like an instructional video straight from the spring break beaches of Florida on how to have as much sex with as many people as possible with as little commitment as possible. But interviews at the end with humiliated women and experts communicate a different message, that in struggling to conform to media-imposed definitions of masculinity and femininity, young people are losing their freedom to be themselves. Owing to the film's awkward structure, its first two-thirds seem to celebrate the hookup culture in those interviews with reveling, drunken guys happily on the hunt for willing and even not-so-willing sexual partners. Not until late in the film do alarmed psychological experts get to forcefully describe the psychological damage done by the widespread acceptance of rigid definitions of masculinity and femininity. And it isn't until the very end that girls themselves admit in heartfelt speeches how demoralizing it has been to conspire with boys to objectify themselves.

But, more important, where are the interviews with students who stay away from beaches at spring break, who don't drink too much while wearing tiny bathing suits in public? What do they think? How do they maintain their self-esteem without adhering to the pressures of fantasy-based, media-dictated role models for masculinity and femininity? Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution never asks what happens if you remove alcohol from the equation. Are men suddenly forced to feel their feelings? Do women suddenly have the wherewithal and consciousness to say no when they mean no? But that's another movie. The ignorance of the interviewees is staggering. One guy says if you give women Percoset, Vicodin, and beer, they will "drop their panties," apparently unaware that this practice is exactly what Bill Cosby was indicted for. Parents may want to have a follow-up conversation after viewing to share their own take on sex, body image, and gender roles.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 11, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: March 1, 2018
  • Director: Benjamin Nolot
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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