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Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Docu about youth-obsessed culture tackles image issues.

Movie NR 2010 88 minutes
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This unsettling and revealing film addresses society's interesting and at times disturbing attitudes about aging. Sadly, most of the people featured in the film seem to equate getting older with being lonely, invisible, and/or ignored. That's why they're willing to spend thousands of dollars on anti-aging products and subject themselves to painful cosmetic procedures, from Botox injections and laser peels to liposuction, tucks, and other major surgeries.

The film sometimes comes across as a little disorganized as McCabe attempts to pull in her and her father's personal stories while simultaneously showcasing an eclectic range of people who seem to be waging their own personal crusade against looking old. Endless interviews with people who knew her father, home movies, and images of various surgical procedures also make the film a little too long. But it definitely addresses important themes and highlights some rather worrisome ideas about how society seems to be desperately putting off the inevitable.

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