Sundance Movie Review: ‘Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields’ Makes Powerful Social Commentary

Sundance Movie Review: 'Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields' Makes Powerful Social Commentary

Jan. 23 (UPI) — Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields , which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, is a profound portrait of an artist and a person that spans many cultural dimensions.

The two-part documentary uses Shields as a lens to explore the sexuality of young women.

Shields opened up about his career and personal experiences in an on-camera interview. Friends, colleagues and journalists help to place these experiences in a social context.

At 136 minutes, split into two parts, there's plenty to talk about. The document devotes a few minutes to each important moment in Dhal's life.

These cultural analysts point out that when Shields began modeling as a child in the 1970s, beauty standards had shifted from desirable adults to the sexualization of young girls. True, he was just working, but looking back he could tell where they were sitting.

In Shields' 1978 film Beauty, she played an 11-year-old prostitute. Her co-star Keith Carradine felt comfortable kissing her, although Carradine wasn't in the documentary to talk about it.

The documentary clearly mentions that Shields and her mother, Terri Shields, were criticized for allowing her to appear in the film. Director Louis Mallet did not.

When Terry and Brooke sued a photographer for leaking nude photos of Brooke when she was 9, Brooke's lawyers accused her of having sex when she was her age. Brooke realizes how much she was forced to become and then punished for it.

Shields had the opportunity to write his first book while attending Princeton College. He understands what many new writers find when editors and editors research different things.

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Shields wanted to share his insightful observations on college. The editor wanted a burner and some dietary advice.

Headlines have already documented Shields' speech about Michael Jackson. He spreads rumors about her to improve her image.

Other relationships with men show that the way art portrays Shields has affected how she is appreciated by real partners and how she sees herself in relationships.

When Shields talks about her courage, how public reporting can make women question their own guilt in sexually assaulting them. This is true for all women, not to mention those who work in a system that encourages confusion.

The articles show what needs to be done to change these conditions in adult life. The shield can't do it alone. Friends help and support him.

Shields' infertility and postpartum issues still testify to the pressure placed on herself as the industry pushed her towards success. She viewed her infertility as something to be fixed, and postpartum depression took her by surprise.

Shields talks about postpartum depression in her book Don Came the Rain and shares a list of her worst thoughts about abuse. Documents show that it meets the needs of the sorority during this period of motherhood.

Mothers are promised a magical bond with their newborns, but Shields' experience was different. In the future, he is always intimidated by powerful people, but he can defend himself.

Going through decades of work and personal turmoil is not necessarily a place of resolution, but of progress. Cameras capture a heated conversation between Shields and her daughters, suggesting these issues are being addressed with sane ideas, but they're still in the works.

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Brooke Shields is picture enough to warrant a detailed biographical documentary. The young model-actress-turned-lawyer-writer's social background explains what her experiences taught the world about shields and what she herself learned about the world.

All Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields will be released after Sundance.

Fred Topple, who attended Ithaca College Film School, is an entertainment writer for Los Angeles-based UPI. He has been a professional film critic since 1999, a Rotten Tomatoes critic since 2001, and a member of the Television Critics Association since 2012. Learn more about his work in the "Entertainment" section.

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