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Seeing Allred

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu about lawyer for victims of sex crimes, inequity.

Movie NR 2018 95 minutes
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Controversial because of who she is and those she represents and opposes, Gloria Allred is a dynamic subject at a critical moment for a film about women's ongoing battle against historic injustices. Allred has a multitude of fans and just as many critics. Significantly, according to this movie, her clients and those for whom she has worked on a pro bono basis laud her contributions and her support. While not ignoring those who malign her as "pushy," or "in it for the money" or "the glory," the filmmakers attempt to give an in-depth picture of her place in the last half century of significant legal struggles. And, given the breadth of the influence she's wielded, their assessment is positive.

Seeing Allred is well-structured, moving back and forth over decades to show how consistent this advocate has been, how prescient in some cases. Fighting a store chain for labeling sections of their stores "Toys for Boys" and "Toys for Girls" was laughed at in 1979, but would be imperative in the 21st century. A telling moment occurs when Allred is being verbally attacked by a heckler who is literally in her face. Though one can see that the lawyer is deeply affected by the assault, she stands her ground. A fitting documentary for a woman who is willing to defray the costs of being mocked in order to foster change.

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