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What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tabloid-like docu has cursing, rumors, and innuendo.

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The docuseries offers a tabloid-like exposé of what the late Brittany Murphy's life was like and how she died, while openly vilifying her now-deceased husband. Interviews with officials associated with the case give some limited credibility to the overall production, and conversations with industry players like Clueless writer-director Amy Herckerling, actor-director Kathy Najimy, weighing in on the late actor's negotiation of Hollywood culture and expectations. But much of what's offered is sensationalized rumor and speculation thanks to footage of, and interviews with, social media influencers, and bloggers like Perez Hilton featured throughout. Despite few tidbits of new information, What Happened, Brittany Murphy? mostly exploits the scandal, but without the glamorous mystique that commonly surrounds the deaths of young female actors.

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