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Being Ginger

Other // Unrated // January 29, 2014
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Review by Jeff Nelson | posted January 25, 2014 | E-mail the Author

The entire purpose of a documentary is to inform, motivate, or create some type of emotion within its audience in order to take some type of action or think more critically about something that they wouldn't have given the time of day to previously. There have become numerous types of documentaries that explore various topics in completely different ways. Some of them are informative, while others manage to deliver a delightful sense of humor that reinforces the material or simply makes the film more enjoyable to watch. There are especially a lot of documentary features from film students, as well as newer filmmakers. However, there are a lot of variables that contribute to creating a successful documentary that many of them miss out on. While it may present the facts, a lot of these pictures have a difficult time connecting with the audience in a more personable way. This aids in making us want to believe in the message being told. While this is no simple task to accomplish, it's necessary in order to truly pull us in and leave us wanting more. Director Scott P. Harris manages to hit the nail right on the head with his new documentary titled Being Ginger.

Children are cruel and will use anything in order to tease and make fun of their peers. This has left a rather large impact on director Scott P. Harris. As a redhead, he was bullied throughout his life and continues to be discriminated against into his adulthood. Harris has decided to document his pursuit of a woman who finds men with red hair attractive. This is a journey exploring one man's attempt to regain his self-confidence and be proud to be a redhead. It won't be easy, as he must face the past if he ever hopes to move forward into the future. This is a movie about much more than being a ginger.

There are numerous layers to be found in Being Ginger. Each level unfolds rather nicely, as a neatly packaged, yet well-executed story remains at the core of it all. The documentary begins as a romantic comedy, as Harris hits the streets in order to question women about whether or not they find redheads attractive, and asking them to explain. He goes through the roller coaster of the dating world, as he meets a young woman that he can connect with. Nothing goes as planned, as it only puts this filmmaker into an even deeper hole. However, Being Ginger doesn't spend its entire running time being entirely serious. There's quite a bit of humor sprinkled around that will surely have you laughing out loud. Harris and his friends are quite infectious, as they discuss everything from superficial dating games to the deeper meaning as to why Harris refuses to date other red heads. You can't help but enjoy listening to each and every conversation that's had throughout the entire picture. This portion of the film truly makes Scott P. Harris a charming and likable guy, who everybody can connect with on a certain level, regardless of the color of your hair.

As Being Ginger continues, it begins to reveal a completely different side of itself. Even though it starts as a romantic comedy in a documentary form, it truly isn't one at the core of it. There are various layers that unfold, making this a more complex documentary about one man. While it begins as a general documentary about men with red hair and the women who like them, it transforms into a film entirely about this single man who grew up in a poisonous environment and is now suffering in a lack of self-confidence. Scott P. Harris meets some rather rude people on the streets when he puts himself out there, but he certainly gets a lot of great material that will surely open your eyes to a whole new world that you might not have known about. From here, the documentary explores darker themes, as it tells the history of this man who simply wants to be loved for who he is. Once the final act of the picture comes around, we're placed in the middle of a Ginger Festival. Before this documentary, I knew nothing about such events taking place and the hardships that people like Harris have faced.

it isn't easy to open yourself up in the way that this director did on film. He's incredibly brave for telling his story and embracing it as his own. He isn't ashamed of what he's gone through, but is clearly a stronger person from it. He went through some incredibly difficult times, and Being Ginger describes how it changed him as a person. This is an incredibly relatable concept that will touch the hearts of many moviegoers. He's confronting a tough past in order to have the confidence to move forward and become a happier person, whether or not he's in a relationship with somebody. Regardless of which section of the running time that you're in, it still manages to captivate and keep ahold of your attention. There are such a wide array of emotions that run through your mind while watching this documentary, which is a truly powerful thing that few films can claim. Kudos.

Even though Being Ginger comes across as being a light romantic comedy from a glance, it's actually a rather deep and beautifully-told film about a man who simply wishes to regain his self-confidence. Scott P. Harris is a charming, likable, funny, and smart man who is an absolute joy to watch on screen. It's clear that he poured his heart and soul into this documentary, as it comes across as being incredibly sincere and honest. There wasn't a single moment of the running time when I was not hooked to the screen and completely captivated by this man's story, hardships, as well as his comedy. He has a great sense of humor that certainly generates authentic laughs. Being Ginger is a wonderful documentary that not only enlightens, but provides a genuine story that will surely be remembered. Highly recommended!

If you're interested in seeing the film at an upcoming screening near you, please visit the official website here.



Highly Recommended

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