The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships (2008)

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Examines the unprecedented role that commercial pornography occupies in American popular culture. The film explores what happens when images of sexual degradation are used for arousal.


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Directors:

Miguel Picker , Chyng Sun

Writers:

Chyng Sun, Robert Wosnitzer

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22 October 2011 | nemesisdesign
4
| Palpable Bias
I first want to say that I was really interested in what the description of this movie was selling. A well-reasoned, objective look to the impact of pornography on our society. There are zealots on either side of the issue and I was hoping to see a doc which would forgo the emotion and hyperbole and stick to facts.

This is not that movie. If you are skeptically-minded and you want to get an idea of just the negative aspects of pornography on our society, you should watch this movie and take most of it with a grain of salt. There were some good, seemingly objective studies featured in this film and some well-reasoned arguments against many aspects of pornography. I appreciated that.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the commentators on this documentary speak in terms of anecdotes or personal philosophy against pornography. The supporters of pornography and their comments seem to be cherry- picked to appear unsavory, infantile, etc. The narration and the flare is very clearly meant to condemn.

The main reason why I gave this documentary 4 stars is because I feel that documentaries with such evident bias that are described as an intellectual inquisition into a topic are an insult to the viewer's intelligence. The viewer isn't dumb. Unless the viewer wants to see an issue heavily skewed to one side, they *know* when they are being misled. The filmmaker's bias is so blatant in the content of the film that the description ceases to describe the film and instead makes the film out to be propaganda.

This doc could have been so much better.

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Release Date:

31 August 2008

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)