I’ve wanted to see this documentary written, directed and co-produced by Brigitte Berman for such a long time. I’ve had some weird obsession for Hugh Hefner ever since seeing the ‘Girls of the Playboy Manchine’ reality television show, I don’t necessarily want to be one of his girlfriends, but he seems so cute in his old age (its semi-creepy) but this documentary gave me even more insight into this mans life.
Hugh Hefner is presented as an activist and a passionate spokesperson for equality in America on a range of controversial topics. It seems that his fame from playboy was merely a platform in which he used to create social change and to push societies values. What most people’s concept of this man are challenged in this documentary and he is shown as more than the creator of pornography, more than a user of women as sexual objects, he is a person who truly stands up for what he believes to be as right at any cost.
The documentary takes you back to the early days and Hugh’s desire to break free from his loveless marriage and focus his creative energies on something, and thus, playboy was created. The documentary shows us that Hef is more than his magazine with various interviews from friends, collegues and the people closest to him, with the words from Hef himself helping to explain his actions and life, giving us as the audience unprecedented access.
I love documentaries but i loved this one because it supported my creepy obsession with Hugh Hefner (i see him more like a grandfather, its not that creepy?) and it gave us what is under the surface of the man, it showed us his ability to influence social change and showed us his passion for justice, really just contributing to washing away the somewhat tainted reputation of Hugh Hefner.