Producer-director Joan Kron's "Take My Nose … Please!" is a lively and enjoyable documentary about comedians, plastic surgery, female self-image, aging in Hollywood, and other facets of facial politics.
For most women, coming to terms with their looks—while staving off time and gravity—is a private preoccupation. But the documentary “Take My Nose…Please!” punctures that taboo by asking women to publicly discuss plastic surgery. Female comedians were the only performers whom the director and producer, Joan Kron, could persuade to speak on camera about facelifts, nose jobs and other procedures such as Botox to freeze frown lines and fillers to soften wrinkles.
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- Joan Kron is a force to be reckoned with and has been for over 50 years... Her movie is called “Take My Nose … Please!” and it is making the film circuit, racking up awards and rave reviews. She’s written, directed and produced the documentary — ’cause that’s the kind of woman Joan is. The subject? Plastic surgery — something she knows a lot about as she was in-house expert on all things “lifted” for Allure for 25 years. I was able to spend an afternoon with the gutsy, gorgeous Joan — who never wrote a (published) word until the age of 41 and never made a film until 89. There was much to learn about disrupting aging from Joan Kron."
- Revealatory, voyeuristic, funny and sad, Take My Nose…Please! lays bare the obsession among American women with plastic surgery, most often to modify that most protruding facial feature.
- Through a series of thought-provoking interviews adeptly edited by Nancy Novack, Kron explores how funny women react to the societal pressures of mirroring a certain aesthetic and being held up to an impossible standard as they age. Whether they’re entertainment industry celebrities who make a living with their looks trying to keep up with the demands of their profession or ordinary people who want to look their best seeking to improve their appearance, beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder.
- "I set out to make a film about the importance of female comedians and their honesty about plastic surgery. But the honesty was so affecting, I never expected they would inspire so much empathy. Comedians always inspire laughter, rarely empathy. The fact that the audience became so attached to the two main characters (comedians Jackie Hoffman and Emily Askin) and that they would embody so many of the feelings that real women had about plastic surgery, that ended up being the charm of the movie." - Joan
- Take My Nose … Please! rescues plastic surgery from Hollywood's "did they or didn't they?" gossip and reality television's odious voyeurism with a nuanced, empathetic (and often funny) introduction to a few women, mostly comedians, who've had work done or are considering it.
- "By admitting what their sisters in drama deny, comic performers speak to women who feel the same pressures, giving them permission to pursue change (or not to) while entertaining us."
- High-minded discussions of the merits or ills of cosmetic surgery can quickly become tedious, but that’s not the case with “Take My Nose … Please.” Does plastic surgery empower or oppress women? Like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder.
- Take My Nose…Please! rescues plastic surgery from Hollywood’s “did they or didn’t they?” gossip and reality television’s odious voyeurism with a nuanced, empathetic (and often funny) introduction to a few women, mostly comedians, who’ve had work done or are considering it.
- Say the word plastic surgery and more than a few extreme examples of women (usually celebrities) going too far in the name of youth and beauty probably come to mind. It’s easy to see why the term has such a negative connotation, seeming like a visual example of what people (usually women) put themselves through to conform to the media’s beauty standards. But according to first-time director Joan Kron, a 89-year-old journalist-turned-documentarian, the media is also at fault for villainizing the industry and turning it into a dirty little secret.
- Take My Nose...Please! is beautifully raw, real, and truthful. In a world obsessed about image and perfection, bless these women for taking us with them on this incredibly personal journey. Director Joan Kron is brutally honest in her reveal of the way we really see ourselves. This film Is not one to be missed!
- Though humor and more serious personal stories, director Joan Kron (making her directorial debut at age 89!) explores the double standard of looks for women and men, particularly in the entertainment field, with age discrimination, and the age gap in between leading men and leading women in films.
- The New York Times: What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Desus & Mero’ and ‘Take My Nose … Please!’
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- Award Winning Documentary "Take My Nose...Please!" Is Picked By The Orchard
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- Jackie Hoffman Appears at TAKE MY NOSE...PLEASE! Q&A Today at Village East Cinema
- Extra: Orchard picks “Take My Nose”; Alfred Haber takes “Grammys” special