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      Sell/Buy/Date

      Released Oct 14, 2022 1h 37m Documentary Comedy Drama TRAILER for Sell/Buy/Date: Trailer 1 List Sell/Buy/Date: Trailer 1 Sell/Buy/Date: Trailer 1 2:19 View more videos
      71% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 80% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Executive Produced by Meryl Streep, Sell/Buy/Date is a hybrid doc/narrative following Tony winning performer and comedian Sarah Jones. As a mixed-race Black woman in America, Sarah, alongside the multicultural characters she's known for, explores her own personal relationship to one of the most misunderstood issues in our current culture: the sex industry, and the surprisingly diverse range of people whose lives it touches. Through interviews and even celebrity cameos, this film poses the question: how can we as a society have a healthy relationship to sex, power, race and our economy, without exploitation or stigma? The goal is to highlight the human faces and voices at the center of this subject. Read More Read Less

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      Jude Dry indieWire Sell/Buy/Date plays like a Vice special crossed with an Off-Broadway show. It would be dangerous if it weren’t so ineffective. Rated: C- Oct 17, 2022 Full Review Katie Walsh TheWrap In a world where discourse is flattened into hyperbolic hot takes, it’s a rare and, frankly, beautiful thing to watch the process of someone seeking answers, asking questions and listening to lived experience before coming to her own conclusions. Oct 13, 2022 Full Review Lisa Kennedy New York Times If you’re hoping to land squarely on an “aye” or a “nay” about the sex-work industry, Sarah Jones’s documentary-narrative feature, “Sell/Buy/Date,” won’t help. And that’s a good thing. Oct 13, 2022 Full Review Avi Offer NYC Movie Guru An unfocused, meandering and cringe-inducing amalgam of mockumentary and documentary. Oct 19, 2022 Full Review Monique Jones Common Sense Media Sell/Buy/Date tries to do something different with the documentary format, and, for the most part, it works. The film is at its strongest when it allows those who are the most impacted by Jones' one-woman show to speak. Rated: 4/5 Oct 19, 2022 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation The documentary material is informative and mind-opening. The mockumentary surrounding it is a bit of a drag, and lets the movie down. Rated: 2/4 Oct 11, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave d I'm not sure making a hybrid mockumentary and documentary on sex work is a great idea. The doc side was informative and important, but when Sarah Jones tries to be funny it is a giant swing and a miss. The unfortunate part is this is a necessary film, however it is filled with distraction and self-indulgence. Jones makes a film about herself and not the workers she is claiming to represent. For that reason alone, this film is ultimately a failure. Final Score: 5/10 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/30/23 Full Review Shock Therapy R There has always been huge leverage upon the supply side of sex, by the demand side of sex: cult practices around the goddess Asherah (fertility) were religiously developed, with or without (debated) prostitution rituals, in earliest Akkadian and Sumerian civilizations. Further, polygamy was normative for all of the Hebrew writings period. Are women hurt by these practices, or liberated? Morphed into 2020's vernacular and thinking, this documentary purports to answer this question. This movie is initially vetted through a phenomenon called cultural appropriation. This used to be called taboo, which is it's own industry. Yet from civilization zero, cultural ideas have been "stolen" and incorporated into other cultures like the ripple of water streaming from the top of a mountain. This false introduction was off-putting in its earnest patronization of anticipated false furor. Beyond this veneer, the arguments pro-/con- were interesting and instructive. On the pro- side we hear moral equivocation to video games and movies, justifications based on one's capitalistic rights (as if that system is moral), and rationalization of higher profit sharing for the affected bodies in the trade. On the con- side we hear economic necessity (which is compelling), coercion and deception, peer pressure, and other such evils. The moderator's position seems to come down on the con- side. If the telling of this process is authentic, it is a noble effort. The material interviews of the affected bodies seems genuine. The non-material interviews with celebrity power seemed completely the opposite. This is very conflicting throughout this otherwise serious topic and dialogue. If the entertainment aesthetic and the political noise had been eradicated, this would have been an unadulterated display of intellectual inquiry and social commentary. As it was grossly encumbered, it is still a recommend, but with strong caution against a prostituted message. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Allison C Sarah Jones is brilliant and delivers a groundbreaking film that made me laugh, cry and question. See this movie and discuss it with your friends and family. Sarah is such a gifted writer, actor and director. The world needs to see her work! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/16/22 Full Review Toni R I don't know how Sarah Jones was able to create something so profound, moving, necessary, thoughtful, and thorough while making it enjoyable and funny at the same time. She's truly a genius. I encourage everyone to see it. Her unorthoc is expertly done. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/12/22 Full Review Timothy G A highly entertaining, provocative, wholly original and touchingly personal exploration of the politics of sex work. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/20/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Executive Produced by Meryl Streep, Sell/Buy/Date is a hybrid doc/narrative following Tony winning performer and comedian Sarah Jones. As a mixed-race Black woman in America, Sarah, alongside the multicultural characters she's known for, explores her own personal relationship to one of the most misunderstood issues in our current culture: the sex industry, and the surprisingly diverse range of people whose lives it touches. Through interviews and even celebrity cameos, this film poses the question: how can we as a society have a healthy relationship to sex, power, race and our economy, without exploitation or stigma? The goal is to highlight the human faces and voices at the center of this subject.
      Director
      Sarah Jones
      Producer
      Sarah Jones, David Goldblum, Julie Parker Benello
      Screenwriter
      Sarah Jones, David Goldblum
      Distributor
      Cinedigm
      Production Co
      Conscious Contact Entertainment, Secret Sauce Media , Foment Productions
      Genre
      Documentary, Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 14, 2022, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 8, 2022
      Runtime
      1h 37m
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