MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,987 this week

Miss Representation (2011)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 1,823 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 16 critic

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Writers:

(consulting writer), , 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 09 Sep 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Mar 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Miss Representation (2011)

Miss Representation (2011) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Miss Representation.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Stars: Caroline Heldman
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Jean Kilbourne's pioneering work helped develop and popularize the study of gender representation in advertising. Her award-winning Killing us Softly films have influenced millions of ... See full summary »

Director: Sut Jhally
Stars: Jean Kilbourne
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A powerful documentary about the lives of teens and young adults as seen through the gender lens. Approaching society's ideas and ideals of gender through clothes, sexuality, sports, dance,... See full summary »

Director: Debra Chasnoff
It's a Girl! (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Every year in India and China, millions of babies are killed, neglected or abandoned simply because they are girls.

Director: Evan Grae Davis
Half the Sky (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women everywhere.

Director: Maro Chermayeff
Stars: America Ferrera, Nicholas Kristof, Diane Lane
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Tough Guise systematically examines the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century.

Director: Sut Jhally
Stars: Steve Austin, Marlon Brando, James Caan
Honor Diaries (2013)
Documentary | Crime | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Honor Diaries features nine courageous women's rights advocates with roots in Muslim-majority societies. These women, who have witnessed firsthand the hardships women endure, are profiled ... See full summary »

Directors: Micah Smith, Micah Smith
Stars: Raheel Raza, Raquel Evita Saraswati
Girl Rising (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Robbins
Stars: Amina, Marie Arana, Azmera
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Pregnancy is a death sentence for more than half a million women every year, but their deaths would be preventable if they could obtain the health care they needed. This documentary focuses on the personal stories behind those statistics.

Director: Christy Turlington
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

CHASING BEAUTY provides a rare glimpse into the intriguing and complex world of modeling. Behind the glossy covers of Vogue and Glamour lie the rarely talked about, uncensored stories of ... See full summary »

Director: Brent Huff
Stars: Kelly Anderson, Jo Baker, William Barney
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Directors: Margaret Lazarus, Renner Wunderlich
Stars: Jean Kilbourne
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Sut Jhally
Stars: Jean Kilbourne
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Herself (archive footage)
Chris Baker ...
Himself - KTLK's Chris Baker Show (voice)
Krystal Ball ...
Herself - (D-VA) Candidate for Congress
...
Himself (archive footage)
Mike Barnicle ...
Himself - MSNBC Contributor (archive footage)
Glenn Beck ...
Himself (voice)
Barbara J. Berg ...
Herself - Historian, Author Sexism in America (as Barbara J. Berg PhD)
John Boehner ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself - Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
Mika Brzezinski ...
Herself - MSNBC (archive footage)
Pat Buchanan ...
Himself
Ursula Burns ...
Herself - CEO of Xerox (archive footage)
Tucker Carlson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alex Castellanos ...
Himself - Republican Strategist (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You can't be what you can't see.

Genres:

Documentary

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 2014 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Escaparate  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Challenge (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

In The Swing
Written by Alan Moorhouse
Courtesy of APM Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's an American problem
13 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some will see Miss Representation as a bunch of hack women complaining about a problem and are not willing to do anything about it. It's an understandable reaction. I've seen so many documentaries that bathe the viewer in paranoia and fear without providing valid solutions or ways that they could fix potential problems. Food, Inc. for example; a well-made, yet somewhat heavy-handed documentary on the exploitation of how our food is made.

Miss Representation's goal is to inform people about the blatant sexism in Television, advertising, society, politics, and film. It does a very nice job at providing each of their subjects with material and substance, also giving them enough time to get their point across. I believe more than eight minutes is devoted to the political aspect, and several more to Television and film. For an eighty-eight minute documentary, it covers a lot of heavy territory, and even, gasp, includes efficient solutions during the end credits.

The interviewees are Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Jim Steyer, Dr. Jackson Katz, and Gloria Steinem, who all comment on the media's insidiously harmful portrayal of women. Comments are made on how advertising has evolved from genial snippets into racy, sexploitation spots begging to be noticed and controversial. It has been proved in the field of advertising that sex sells, and companies race their commercials and magazine advertisements to an invisible finish line to see who can be more daring and provocative.

But what are the consequences for imposing such demeaning pictures of women? For one, there's the obligatory "striving for unsustainable beauty" argument. I don't think there is one person who believes that what they see on the front cover on a tabloid or a magazine has not been digitally altered or photoshopped in some way, shape, or form. Most likely, all three of those things have been changed on a picture of a woman, and it's not hard to find out. How many women do you know have pearly white skin and don't occupy a single blemish, mole, pimple, or scar? I remember on KISS FM's "DreX in the Morning" radio program they discussed how parental browbeating and mediocre, sometimes abusive relationships affect a woman's already fragile self-esteem and worth. They brought up how on a magazine cover, Brittney Spears' face was photoshopped onto the body she occupied in the nineties.

Miss Representation doesn't break new ground or uncover anything that wasn't pretty much known before, but will likely be useful to teenage girls who are perhaps unaware of the media bias. I unfortunately missed a screening of this at my high school and a lengthy lecture following it. It would've been nice to see audiences reactions in the flesh. I can see some dismissing this as mock-feminist propaganda and I can see people being truly informed and moved by this documentary. Me, I stand where I usually am; in the middle. This is a well made documentary, but not without my personal quibbles and questions. For one, the film mentions that there are very few women directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, etc. Okay, but are women being forced out by the big, bad man, or are they just not showing a genuine interest in the behind the scenes aspects of the film industry? Another thing I must bring up; maybe it's not the studios' fault that women are portrayed so dimly in film. You can't tell me that actresses like Megan Fox and Jessica Simpson don't contract themselves to basically flaunt their stuff in films like The Dukes of Hazzard and Transformers. They know what they're getting into, and appear to have no problem showing what they have. I'm not saying it's right, but maybe the film is too quick to point figures at the provider rather than the person signing the contract and giving consent to be used as a basic caricature.

Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom has done a bold and admirable thing releasing Miss Representation, not only letting it glide its way around the country in screenings, but by giving the distribution rights to The Oprah Winfrey Network. This is an informative and amusing documentary showing us that our biggest source of information also serves as our biggest influence on people, good and bad. I'll leave off with a quote from Jim Steyer, one of my favorite speakers in the film; "It's not a Liberal or Conservative issue; it's an American issue and an American problem." Starring: Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rosario Dawson, Jim Steyer, Dr. Jackson Katz, and Gloria Steinem. Directed by: Jennifer Siebel Newsom.


14 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One piece of outrageous hypocrisy in this... cmchotmail
haha really guys? spoenkel
Looking for a similar documentary sunneva
2011 Newport Beach Film Festival - Special Screening eve_jaurigue07
2013 update on gender inequality in film gayfordeniro
Discuss Miss Representation (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page