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The United States of America is known for being one of the wealthiest nations on the planet with the most opportunities for its citizens. In 2004 alone, Americans spent $12.4 billion (yes, billion!) on cosmetic surgery . With such an abundance of wealth, why are Americans so discontent?

Too much television and easy access to plastic surgery are conventional answers, but they do not fully explain this national psychosis. These same images are found all over Europe and Canada, yet their citizens do not have this same obsession.

In almost 40,000 media messages a year , youthful Americas are being told that, unless you look like supermodels and rock stars, you're not good enough for anyone to love. This is a message that too many people are buying.

The hope of achieving these 'ideals'  has consumers purchasing cosmetics, toiletries, fashion and plastic surgeries at increasingly dramatic rates. Has the 'American Dream' changed so much that it can only be achieved once we can perfectly emulate the super thin and sexy images of Britney Spears or other pop icons?

Filmmaker Darryl Roberts  goes on a two year journey to examine America's new obsession; physical perfection. In America the Beautiful, we learn secrets, confessions, and strikingly harsh realities as Roberts unearths the origins and deadly risks of our nation's quest for physical perfection.

In America the Beautiful we see how these increasingly unattainable images contribute greatly to the rise in low self-esteem, body dismorphia, and eating disorders for young women and girls who also happen to be the beauty industry's largest consumers . Who actually benefits from this high-priced journey towards this ideal? Is corporate America's bottom line so important that it justifies a nation's psychosis? What are the true costs of our obsession with youth, beauty, and a slender physique?

At the heart of "America the Beautiful" is the story of Gerren Taylor , a teenager who went from being an innocent 12 year old girl to being one of America's next top supermodels. As she and her mother head down the windy road to stardom, viewers watch the dichotomy between Gerren's adolescent struggles and her adult "rights of passage" on the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and other top designers. Her tumultuous quest acts as a mirror to the American psyche, and it becomes apparent how the same beauty that could jump-start her career could ultimately destroy her young life.

To find out what has America's pre-teens standing in line for their turn on "I Want a Famous Face", and it's adults on "Extreme Makeover," Roberts dives deep into America's culture of fear, consumption, and idolatry for all things external; he seeks answers from celebrities, media, academia, as well as everyday Americans.

Follow Darryl as he asks Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Aisha Tyler, Anthony Kedis, Tisha Campbell, Julianne Moore, Michael Beach, Mena Suvari, Martin Short, as well as Ted Casablanca from the E! Channel and Susan Schulz, the Editor-in-Chief of CosmoGirl!, along with various other celebrities and experts in cosmetics, fashion, media, and self-esteem the major question at hand...

Does America have an unhealthy obsession with beauty?

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The beauty of the film coming out on DVD is that it will reach far more people than it did in theaters.

Feel free to forward the BUY NOW link below to anyone you think would be interested in purchasing the film.

There will be a short window to get the Collector's Edition of the film for $19.99.

Starting in December the price will go up to $24.95 and Netflix and the other places carrying the film won't have the Collector's Edition.

Today you're purchasing the Rated R Version of the film. This is the original version with Eve Ensler of "The Vagina Monologues," in it that has played in theaters in 59 cities and 172 universities across the country as well as 7 countries.

The PG-13 Version for teens, high schools and middle schools will be available in a couple of weeks.

The Collector's Edition comes with the following Special Features on it:  

- Physiognomy with Stuart Ewen
- Extended Interview with Eve Ensler
- Cosmetic Ingredients are Mislabeled
- Girls with Eating Disorders
- English & Spanish Subtitles
- 2 Deleted Scenes
- Canaries in the Coal Mine
- Meet the Victims: More Guys on the Couch
- Interview with Ethie Ann Vare
- Boris Kodjoe and Reggie Theus on being

After you order your copy, forward this newsletter to everyone that you know and tell them to purchase the film as well.

When you go to the Buy Now page, the price of the DVD will be listed as $24.95.

On the checkout page, put the word savefive in the discount box and you will get a discount making the DVD $19.99. It doesn't matter how many you order. All of them will be $19.99 using the discount code.

That's my thanks to you for your unwavering support.

Darryl Roberts

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