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Take My Nose Please – Newport Beach Film Festival Review

Joan Kron, Editor-At-Large for Allure, dives straight into the center of image, aging and plastic surgery. It is easy to believe that Hollywood favors the beautiful far above the average. Take My Nose Please is screening at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Screening Date:
April 22, 2017
Director: Joan Kron
Cast: Emily Askin, Jackie Hoffman

Take My Nose Please follows two comedians before, during, and after their journey into cosmetic surgery. Emily Askin is an improv comedian and actress, who desires a more refined nose. Veteran Broadway comedian, Jackie Hoffman considers herself ugly and has made a career from it, finally decides to get the face-lift she wanted since she was a teen.

Take My Nose Please is a masterful treatise on fixing beauty for women, who for the most part struggle with imperfect appearance far more than their male counterparts. It examines the facts that from the dawn of Hollywood beauty is what sold and many actresses lost their jobs by the age of thirty. In the early years and even today, women have become victims of fake plastic surgeons and/or succumb to the addiction of plastic surgery.

Director Joan Kron also features celebrities, who are most notable for their enhanced appearances including: Roseanne Barr, Phyllis Diller, the late Joan Rivers, Judy Gold, and Lisa Lampanelli. While following the leads Askin and Hoffman, their decision to get plastic surgery was less a decision but more of a convincing to do it now and a soothing of guilt for the decision they made.

Take My Nose Please is not an anti-plastic surgery movie. While at the same time, it is not a pro-plastic surgery movie. It is a complicated subject about a complicated decision with complicated ramifications and Kron does a masterful job in presenting plastic surgery with all its complications.

Kron made the smart choice of following two comedians. As comedians, Askin and Hoffman are deeply introspective about their thought and feelings about the procedures they undertake. They can express their conflict and experiences in a way that the average civilian or even ordinary actress can do. You feel for the plight of Askin and Hoffman and ultimately feel great sympathy for the decision they made.

Take My Nose Please does what exactly what a documentary should do: tackle truly perplexing issues, present the facts, drop us in the middle of the struggle and give us enough information to form a personal opinion.