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An Open Secret (2014)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Crime | June 2015 (USA)
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An investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry.

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AN OPEN SECRET looks at the lives of children betrayed and abandoned by a system that essentially funnels them towards sexual predators without any oversight or regard for their safety. It documents not only these young peoples' experiences, but also how some have emerged stronger for their speaking out. It beg the questions of why children working in entertainment aren't afforded the same protections they are afforded at school, and argues for more effective treatment and stronger penalties for child sex offenders.

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The Secret Hollywood Doesn't Want You to Know. See more »

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Documentary | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for disturbing thematic content involving child sexual abuse and its ramifications | See all certifications »
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June 2015 (USA)  »

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Un secreto a voces  »

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Connections

Features The Apostle (1997) See more »

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Tryin' to Get Over You
Written by Vince Gill (as Vincent Gill)
Performed by Evan Henzi
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I subjectively feel this film was fairly objective and fair
13 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

This film explores a dynamite subject with extra care and precision. Other comments here are reasonable. The film only goes so far, and it is pretty careful. Its attitude is nearly perfect. I knocked off one point for the film's not trying to show how heterosexual culture is always grooming the kids for participation later, and the gay culture therefore has made some mistakes trying to invent a way forward in secret. The film is only talking about issues concerning the effects of male pedophiles in Hollywood, and can't cover everything. What they cover is done pretty well, and that's saying a lot for a topic which often can bring more anger or confusion or circumlocution than understanding. That's surely true of heterosexual pedophilia and exploitation of young adult women in Hollywood too. Probably some of the unhealthy interest in exploiting children and young adult women was incubated in persons whose sexual development occurred in an atmosphere of fear and secrecy, or too much privilege and not enough guidance. Watching this film might help many persons avoid mistakes in behavior and mistakes in interpretation. It could help parents and the public form and implement better oversight without being too intrusive.


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