Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields

Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields

A damning tell-all about the exploitation of child stars

7.4

TV Show

United States of America
English
Documentary
2023
FEMALE DIRECTOR, LANA WILSON
Brooke Shields, Drew Barrymore, Judd Nelson
136 min

What it's about

Brooke Shields, ’80s icon and household name, was a child model before she came to prominence in Louis Malle’s controversial film "Pretty Baby" at age 12. With a series of provocative Calvin Klein jeans ads and leading roles in 1980s teensploitation hits "The Blue Lagoon" and "Endless Love," Shields’ early career was defined by a sexuality that she could neither claim nor comprehend.

The take

Brooke Shields talks openly about her controversial past in this two-part documentary on Hulu. Through interviews and archival footage, the former child actor and model walks us through every contentious event in her life, from starring in the mature film Pretty Baby at age 12 to modeling tight jeans for Calvin Klein at age 16.

It’s a disturbing and enraging account of child exploitation, and the documentary does well to frame this as a system-wide issue instead of an isolated incident.

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