"Let's Talk About Sex" DVD Review
April 06, 2011 by Zach Demeter
Every day in America 10,000 teenagers catch a sexually transmitted disease, 2,400 young girls get pregnant and 55 young people are infected with HIV.
LETíS TALK ABOUT SEX takes a revealing look at how American attitudes toward adolescent sexuality impact todayís teenagers. Director James Houston takes us on a journey to examine trends in American society as personified by a cast of diverse characters. At a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles, young girls are contemplating teen parenthood. In Washington, D.C., where HIV infection rates rival several African countries, community outreach workers are trying to save lives. The film also travels to the Netherlands, where Houston compares European attitudes with those in America, then concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions. Real parents and youth, compelling statistics, animation and archival material all combine to paint an urgent picture of American youth in crisis, one that not enough people are talking about.
This documentary is probably not going to do much to change the way we currently teach sex education, but it makes a valiant effort to do so. The star power the film has received in terms of quotes isnít bad either, with actor Hugh Jackman stating ďWhether you have children, teach children, or are around children at allÖthis movie is a must-see.Ē And it really is; while itís an uncomfortable topic for adults to have with children of any age, the documentary goes beyond that and helps provide multiple perspectives on the issue in an attempt to disperse the taboo surrounding ďthe talk.Ē
The film takes a pretty wide glance at everything, with the film going through a pretty wide variety of areas in the world to research the topic. Granted, the U.S. is a major focus but the trip to the Netherlands is a nice eye opener in terms of how we treat the topic compared to Europeans. Of course in that same regard, Europeans think itís horrible that Americans enjoy watching extreme and gory violence in filmsÖbut thatís just the difference between the cultures that come into play quite a bit. In any case the documentary does a superb job in kind of narrowing down the oddities of the ďsituationĒ and discussing how we can better deal with the topic in the US.
Itís not a perfect documentary and like I said I doubt itíll solve very many problems (and itíll probably only solve a few if the right people watch the documentary to begin with), itís still a valiant effort and one that will hopefully find the right people so changes can start to trickle down. As Reverend Carlton W. Veazey, President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice said, ďA humorous and factual approach to the important issue of sexuality education make this a must-see for any American.Ē Thereís no real better way to sum up this documentary than that. Recommended.
New Video/docuramafilms brings Letís Talk About Sex to DVD in a standard amaray DVD case. Nothing overly special about the presentation of the documentary hereóno fancy exterior cardboard slipcase and the cover itself looks rather simplistic. Video and audio is a solid presentation overall and about what youíd expect from a documentary. As can be expected from a documentary the video is in 1.85:1 and the audio is a simple DD2.0 mix. There are no extras.
Overall a disc thatís worth a Rental as Iím not sure if youíd ever want to come back and watch this a second time, but itís definitely worth checking out at least once and to maybe pass onto others.
Letís Talk About Sex arrives on DVD on April 21st.