TAKE MY NOSE…PLEASE! — Review by Cate Marquis

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take my nose please posterEvery woman has a body part she hates, maybe more than one. That makes ripe material for women comics. Women comics who joke about plastic surgery – Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, others – are among those featured in TAKE MY NOSE….PLEASE but this wickedly funny and fearlessly thoughtful documentary delves deeper. 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. Continue reading…

Other more general issues about women and appearance also get the spotlight, such as links to ethnicity, social pressures applied to girls, self loathing and women’s anxieties over their perceived or real facial flaws.

Kron explores the broad topic of all women (and men) who have had plastic surgery, including how often no one notices and the link between self esteem and successful cosmetic surgery, among other aspects of the subject.

There is actually a lot to cover but Kron handles it well. She mocks the subject of plastic surgery then turns around, raising serious and questions sometimes surprising questions, giving the audience just the right amount of material on each facet of the subject, before then letting some woman comic loose on it with yet another pointed biting joke.

Comedians Emily Askin and Jackie Hoffman have featured roles, as they contemplate having their own plastic surgery. But the balance the film finds between the serious, even tragic side of the pursuit of beauty through surgery and the humor women comics mine from their own issues about their looks is perfect.

TAKE MY NOSE….PLEASE is a funny, insightful, informative, sometimes sad, and always intriguing tour of the link between cosmetic surgery and comedy.

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Cate Marquis

Cate Marquis is a film critic and historian based in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Marquis reviews film for the St. Louis Jewish Light weekly newspaper and Playback: stl website, as well as other publications. The daughter of artist Paul Marquis, she was introduced to classic and silent films by her father, as well as art and theater. Besides reviewing films, she lectures on film history, particularly the silent film era, has served on the board of the Meramec Classic Film Festival and is a long-time collaborator with the St. Louis International Film Festival, serving on various juries.