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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Rashida Jones-Produced Documentary, HOT GIRLS WANTED, Hits Netflix Later This Month

Well, this is an interesting pairing. Filmmaker and actress Rashida Jones, friend in my head and one half of the team behind the underrated romcom Celeste & Jesse Forever, has produced a documentary chronicling the amateur porn industry through the eyes of young millenials. Yes, this is the same Rashida Jones who just a few months ago lamented about the "pornification" of pop culture. I assume she is looking at it from a different approach here.

(BTW, I was totally behind her on that hypersexualization rant, but I digress).

HOT GIRLS WANTED, which has received critical acclaim beginning with its Sundance premiere, will debut exclusively on Netflix on May 29. The film was directed by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, the duo behind Sexy Baby (another doc on the topic of porn). Read the synopsis:

In the past decade, the proliferation of the Internet has brought significant shifts in the way porn is produced and consumed. Today, for many teenage girls, porn carries fewer taboos than it did for their parents’ generation. Directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus explore this uncharted territory and reveal a business reliant on Millennials who believe empowerment is synonymous with online notoriety. The filmmakers follow one such girl, eager to leave small-town life in search of freedom and fame. With the click of a mouse she transforms from A-student to fledgling amateur actress. She initially feels independent and popular starring in professionally produced videos—uploaded on sites garnering an average of 41 million hits a month. But as she and some of her new friends fall deeper into the darker corners of the Internet, and as new faces arrive daily, they’re forced to reconsider an increasingly dubious line of work. Backed by two Kinsey Institute researchers and an acclaimed team of producers, including Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation), the directors expose the complicated reality behind this fantasy world. As porn viewership dwarfs other entertainment and seeps deeper into our public and private lives, Hot Girls Wanted is essential viewing.

Hmmm....could be something. Thoughts?


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