Vastly under-representing both amateur porn acting and the talent that makes it, this film is a pathetic glimpse (literally, like a single glimpse that lasts about two seconds) at the answers of very basic questions any 12yo would ask a porn actress. The film gives little emphasis to its random + seemingly unsupported factoids, is annoyingly ambivalent, and makes villains of its protagonists. Total Feminist fail.
this is important because of its subject matter, because obviously porn needs to be fucking demolished. but it places some kind of ~moral responsibility and blame on the individual girls, who themselves are representative of a tiny fraction of the girls and women coerced and forced into porn. anti-porn docs would do better to attack the industry and not its victims, and look for ways of dismantling it from there
Yet another less than stellar oversimplified effort to understand the porn industry, and this time through a very small sample of girls trying to make it. These days the industry works like a conveyor belt: someone leaves, a newbie comes in, and very rarely there's actual fun involved, so all of it feels quite dreary. But, like I said, HGW is only a small slice of a much bigger issue.
Not really a documentary about the porn industry as much as one about four young girls who are just attempting to enter it. While their experiences no doubt resemble many others', their anecdotes don't offer much insight into anything other than their personal feelings, motivations, and assessments, intentionally leaving viewers to respond emotionally about a complex issue rather than objectively. Decent, though.
Poignant documentary that offers a depressing look at the booming business of "amateur" porn. Appreciated the way the filmmakers let the girls tell their own stories without trying to force a sentimental angle into the narrative.
I can't decide how I feel about this, but I'm glad it exists to shed light on how fucked up the porn industry is, and how something needs to be done to correct it and the negative over-sexualization of the entire world. There's one particular scene that really, really, devastated and disturbed me, like to the point where I had to close my eyes.
Starts off whimsical enough, yet takes quite a dark turn towards the end when the not-so-fun stuff about the industry starts coming out. Still though, lacks depth, especially into the motivations of the people working there.