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  • Summary: A look at the battles Hugh Hefner fought over the years against the U.S. government, the religious right, and militant feminists.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 80
    If your sole image of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is that of a lanky, silk-jammied sybarite strolling the grounds of his mansion with a jiggling blond on either arm, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel will knock your socks off.
  2. As for the man who invented it all, he remains a mystery in the film, living out his days in sybaritic bliss.
  3. The film is at its most potent delineating Hefner's role in the American civil rights movement, going beyond the pages of his magazine.
  4. 50
    Playboy "gave us some of the best literature of our time," opines noted literary critic Tony Bennett, among a cast of mostly ridiculous and redundant talking heads.
  5. 50
    At 84 he describes himself as being kept alive by young women's laughter and infernal baby-talk, marking off perhaps his final, groaning aspirational standard. Almost makes me feel sorry for those men still trying to keep up.
  6. The title – Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel – is fine as far as it goes. But if you leave out "octogenarian mammophile" and "calendar fetishist," you leave something essential out of the story.
  7. A proper profile of Hefner would start and end with sex, and not merely glance on casualties like Dorothy Stratten (and even the loveless Hef himself). The movie can't seem to get it up.

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