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Take My Nose...Please!

Joan Kron
United States, 2016, 99 min.

In English.
Includes adult language.

This film is a seriously funny and wickedly subversive look at the role comedy has played in exposing the pressures on women to be attractive and society's ambivalence about plastic surgery. The film follows the surprisingly emotional stories of two comediennes, Jackie Hoffman, a seasoned headliner, and Emily Askin, an up-and-coming improv performer, as they deliberate about going under the knife, and meet others who have taken the leap --or held out.

Director's Statement

I am 89-years-old and this is my first film--though i've been a journalist for decades. Among other jobs, I covered design on staff at The New York Times and fashion, front page, in The Wall Street Journal. But after the last two decades at Allure magazine covering plastic surgery, I thought there more things to say on this subject than decrying the excesses of extreme makeovers--a staple in other docs on the subject. In my book "Lift, Wanting, Fearing and Having a Face-lift," I observed that , historically, the only celebrities who have been honest about their cosmetic procedures, were comediennes, starting with Fanny Brice who had a very public nose job in 1923. We've interwoven comedy history with the stories of our two main main characters. Will it hurt? Only when you laugh.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Culture, Identity, Women, Comedy.

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