This is the best film I have ever seen. It's an incredibly moving experience, even watching it for the third time. I cry multiple times every time I watch it, and it really sticks with me for a long time after watching it. But most importantly, it gets me feeling like I need to get out and change the world. After watching Miss Representation, I understood so much more about the world I live in. As a young female in America, gender plays a huge role in my life. Realizing how gender portrayal in the media affects me gave me the power to take a stand, and take baby steps toward making a difference. I think that every teenage girl needs to see it, so that we can understand our worlds, and so that we feel empowered to not put up with sexism. But it's also really crucial that guys see it too, because guys are just as affected by patriarchy in the media, but probably don't even realize it.
Yes, it's a shocking documentary, but the shocking thing about it isn't what's being shown (except for the few seconds of plastic surgery. I closed my eyes.). It's that I'm not surprised by anything that the film shows. Most of it is stuff that we all see every day, but we're so used to it that we don't even think about it. It doesn't occur to us how terribly wrong so much of this stuff is.
So, if you haven't seen it yet, grab someone who you can talk to and who can give you a hug, and WATCH IT. Your life literally depends on it.