Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields

Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields

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.

  • Released: 2023-01-20
  • Runtime: 136 minutes
  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Stars: Brooke Shields, Greg Butler
  • Director: Lana Wilson
  • mselisagrant - 4 March 2024
    She's such a gem
    She was the girl we all wanted to be in my youth - so beautiful, so versatile and so "lucky". Then she became the first person I felt was like "a peer" to confess her life wasn't at all like what it seemed to us.

    This revealing documentary touches on all the important moments of her life - as we all remembered them too - and explains things in her own words and with the insight you only get with age.

    The documentary gives great perspective on what was happening in parallel to key moments of her youth in particular which hopefully conveys to those who didn't live through it just how much she really was a "consumer product".

    I have always thought highly of her and after watching this I feel that was completely warranted. She really is a beautiful human - inside and out. And the decades of solid friendships she has been able to maintain despite the chaos of her life prove it.
  • rapadgettra - 12 April 2023
    Revisiting Sadness and Exploitation
    One reviewer said they see panic in her eyes, and I agree i see it as well as she retells these horrible examples of exploitation of her childhood. I cringed at some of the retelling of these movies and ads, they were painful at the time. Why did her father never protect her from her alcoholic mother, perverted directors and money hungry designers? Were there no trustworthy adults anywhere? Surely this child sex exploitation of Brooke Shields pushed sex trafficking and porn forward, in ways we could never have imagined. To be exposed like this from such a young age is truly perverted, my heart is heavy for her and all that were influenced by it. I guess there was no one around that cared enough for her to separate her from her mother, a truly evil person.