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Beauty Is Embarrassing

  NR Closed Captioning

Neil Berkeley

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Plot Summary

BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING is a funny, irreverent, joyful and inspiring documentary featuring the life and current times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White. Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White started his career as a cartoonist in New York City. He quickly found success as one of the creators of the TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture. Most recently, his word paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING chronicles the vaulted highs and the crushing lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art. Acting as his own narrator, Wayne guides us through his life using moments from his latest creation: a hilarious, biographical one-man show. The pieces are drawn from performances at venues in Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles including the famous Roseland Ballroom and the Largo Theater. Whether he’s parading a twenty-foot-tall puppet through the Tennessee hillside, romping around the Hollywood Hills dressed in his LBJ puppet suit, relaxing in his studio pickin’ his banjo, or watching his children grow up much too soon, Wayne White always seems to have a youthful grin and a desperate drive to create art and objects. It is an infectious quality that will inspire everyone to find their pleasure in life and pursue it at all costs. At its core, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING is a reminder that we should all follow our passion. It is those creative impulses that will lead us to where we need to go.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This exuberant documentary's most affecting message concerns a timelessly profound verity: the value of roots, humor, family and old friends. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Sep 6, 2012

Fresh: A buoyant, engaging, visually alluring portrait of the Tennessee-born White ... – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Sep 7, 2012

Fresh: Painter Wayne White emerges as an unsung force of nature in Neil Berkeley's zippy, delightful Beauty is Embarrassing. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 5, 2012

Fresh: A vivid, fluorescent-colored portrait of a sane man possessed with insane creativity. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Sep 5, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Amazing

This is an amazing film - very uplifting and inspiring. It's so good, it hurts my feelings!

A MUST SEE!

This inspiring film should be mandatory viewing for any lover of art, film, or pop culture.

So much more than the Playhouse

This film is a celebration of life that will infuse you with joy.

Beauty Is Embarrassing
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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