Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Kick-start Disney's Silver Age with a classic - 'Cinderella'! Listen now as Daniel chats with theatremakers Katrina Cornwall & Morgan Rose.x
review, Ask Dr Ruth, Ask, Dr, Ruth, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Ruth Westheimer, Pierre Lehu, Cliff Rubin, Greg Willenborg, Miriam Westheimer, Leora Einleger, Jonathan Capehart, Melissa Eagan, Ryan White, Documentary film rating

ASK DR RUTH

★★★★★

A DOCUMENTARY ON 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTIES, NAZI GERMANY AND SEX

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Lily Meek
3rd December 2019

I don't know if you've ever been asked to review a documentary on a 90-year-old war survivor and trained sniper who also happened to become America's greatest TV sex therapist - but let me assure you, when it happens... it's unexpected.

What's even more unexpected? This being one of the singularly most enjoyable, entertaining, emotional and personal documentaries I have ever had the pleasure to watch.

Dr Ruth Westheimer is a walking enigma. She is delightful in demeanour, with fast-paced humour, charisma and wisdom preceding education and experience. More importantly, she possesses a rare gift of emotional intelligence that captured the heart of a nation through many years of giving advice on radio and television. Dr Ruth is a champion for sexual health and experimentation, abortion rights, HIV awareness and treatment, as well as encouraging self-discovery. The documentary 'Ask Dr Ruth' charters her courage to discover her calling and place in the world through a lifetime of unique stories - a defining life chapter being the Holocaust.

'ASK DR RUTH' TRAILER

Director Ryan White cleverly cements this life work with her upcoming 90th birthday party. With festivities high for the coming party, Dr Ruth embraces her vulnerability to reveal intimate memories and share the life journey that led her to where she is now. 

What makes this film so great? It perfects the balance between moments of education, light-heartedness, thought-provokingness and yes, at some points, sadness. It's so wonderful to sit and acknowledge the hardships this woman has had to face and the people she has fought for. Her recognition is long overdue, and White really gives you the opportunity to recognise and cheer for all that she is.

What's even more refreshing is that Dr Ruth is a real heroine, a real person - reflecting great values, leadership and bravery. She's inspirational, and so is her story. It was so nice to be encouraged to think about the meaning of purpose, and how our circumstances do not define our capabilities. If anything, this is a success story - but it portrays success through good deeds, an excellent moral compass, a little quick wit and drive.

At times, the storytelling is a little naïve with its use of animation and heavy American voiceovers in place of a German woman with a German accent - but that's to be expected when not all chapters of Dr Ruth's life can be aided with visual elements.

Overcoming adversity, finding direction, contributing to something greater and larger than ourselves, and championing a cause for others, Dr Ruth is so much more than just a 90-year-old with the big balls to talk about sex.

This story is new. It's quirky, unique, interesting, and still relevant today. Sexuality is still being questioned, discussed and politicised; what's abundantly clear is Dr Ruth has been fighting the good fight for a very long time, and this documentary solidifies not only how far we have come, but how far we still have to go. This documentary holds us accountable for sex education and embracing progressive values of understanding each other and our bodies. Dr Ruth gives us permission not to be embarrassed, to ask the questions we all have on our mind, and she gives us the grace to be curious and discover ourselves and others - as she always has done. 


As so often happens when you research a film, I stumbled upon comments made. Comments outlining how great it is to have a grandma talk about sex, or how White gave us a rose-tinted version of Dr Ruth's life. This story really isn't about that. It's about progression in all circles of life. Overcoming adversity, finding direction, contributing to something greater and larger than ourselves, and championing a cause for others, Dr Ruth is so much more than just a 90-year-old with the big balls to talk about sex. In a climate where the rights of the individual often trump the needs of the village, this film really does equip society with the story of a strong woman who finally gains recognition for her long service to society. With attentive ears, honest words and grace in her heart, Dr Ruth accepted us and our bodies, before we even could. Go and give this woman the support she deserves.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 05/12/2019
RUN TIME: 1h 40m
CAST: Ruth Westheimer
Pierre Lehu
Cliff Rubin
Greg Willenborg
Miriam Westheimer
Leora Einleger
Jonathan Capehart
Melissa Eagan
DIRECTOR: Ryan White
PRODUCERS: Rafael Marmor
Ryan White
Jessica Hargrave
Chris Leggett
AskDrRuthFilm
AskDrRuthFilm
AskDrRuthFilm
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Baby Done - Pregnancy has a hilarious new poster child - thank you, New Zealand
TRENDINGBABY DONEPregnancy has a hilarious new poster child - thank you, New Zealand
Salvation: The Complete Series - Take home the entire apocalyptic sci-fi drama
TRENDINGWIN SALVATION: THE COMPLETE SERIESTake home the entire apocalyptic sci-fi drama
Never Rarely Sometimes Always - The film every teenager needs to see
TRENDINGNEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYSThe film every teenager needs to see
Rams - Where there's a wool, there's a way
TRENDINGWIN RAMSWhere there's a wool, there's a way
Rams - Baaa-ck off
TRENDINGRAMSBaaa-ck off
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
Dreamland - Surrealist noir
TRENDINGDREAMLANDSurrealist noir
xXx: Return Of Xander Cage - The good, the bad and the ugly
TRENDINGxXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGEThe good, the bad and the ugly
Nymphomaniac - Lars, sex and cinema
TRENDINGNYMPHOMANIACLars, sex and cinema
After We Collided - Wattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
TRENDINGAFTER WE COLLIDEDWattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
Dreamland - Surrealist noir
TRENDINGDREAMLANDSurrealist noir
Nymphomaniac - Lars, sex and cinema
TRENDINGNYMPHOMANIACLars, sex and cinema
Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
TRENDINGADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2020The reviews
Adelaide Film Festival 2020 - The reviews
TRENDINGADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL 2020The reviews
Revisiting 'Dark City' 20 years later - The most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
TRENDINGREVISITING 'DARK CITY' 20 YEARS LATERThe most underrated and influential sci-fi film ever?
After We Collided - Wattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
TRENDINGAFTER WE COLLIDEDWattpad returns to the screen for slightly better, still dumb, results
Corpus Christi - Dreams, deceit and salvation
TRENDINGCORPUS CHRISTIDreams, deceit and salvation
Gallipoli - A powerful and important film remembered
TRENDINGGALLIPOLIA powerful and important film remembered
Honest Thief - An honestly average time
TRENDINGHONEST THIEFAn honestly average time
The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale - An extremely silly zomedy
TRENDINGTHE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALEAn extremely silly zomedy
© 2011 - 2020 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us