“Youth Knows No Pain” Explores Our Obsession With Staying Young Forever


Last night I finally got around to watching “Youth Knows No Pain,” a new HBO documentary which aired on Monday night. The film is directed by Mitch McCabe, the daughter of a plastic surgeon, who has been obsessed with anti-aging treatments and products since she was little. Through interviews with various cosmetic surgery and beauty addicts, she explores our country’s obsession with never growing old. She puts her own weaknesses bravely on display and gets some seriously juicy and fascinating perspectives out of her incredible cast of “characters.” These include “lifecasters” Julia Allison and Mary Rambin, who are fond of fillers and Botox and come off as bratty and vapid; Allure Editor-In-Chief Linda Wells, who admits that her magazine pushes beauty products that don’t necessarily work but still make people “feel good”; Norman Deesing, who has spent more than 50K trying to look like Jack Nicholson; Erica Rose, a former contestant on “The Bachelor,” who is also the daughter of a plastic surgeon; and Sherry McCabe, featured in the clip above, who used to be obese. After she got gastric bypass and dropped a ton of pounds, Sherry got her whole face, tummy, and boobs done in an effort to look young and hot. She is pure sad amazingness. Check out the clip above and watch the full documentary, which is both eye-opening and entertaining, on HBO. [HBO: Youth Knows No Pain]

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