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Rocking the Couch

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Rocking the Couch is a 2019 American Documentary Film directed by Minh Collins, and produced by Andrea Evans[1] and Jerry Sommer. It concerns the Me Too Movement (or #MeToo movement), which is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, as well as stories about the casting couch, a term used in the entertainment industry referring to sexual favors performed for work. It follows up on mainstream sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein[2] and Bill Cosby,[3] but focuses on a lesser known case from 1992 against talent agent, Wallace Kaye, which was brought to court by 12 unknown actresses who won his arrest. The documentary includes commentary and testimonies from Tonja Walker, Kim Johnston Ulrich, Sadie Katz, and other actresses from One Life To Live, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Passions, in addition to legal discourse from Los-Angeles based attorneys and Burbank Police Officers. It also chronicles the cases of Fatty Arbuckle, Natalie Wood, and Tippi Hedren.[4][5] [6]


Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The documentary concerns sexual-abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, the #MeToo movement, and the casting couch as it relates to a case about talent agent Wallace Kaye in 1992. The term casting couch has existed for decades in Hollywood, but in 1992, a case against talent agent, Wallace Kaye, was brought to court by 12 unknown actresses, who chose to defend themselves despite the loss of their careers, privacy and Hollywood dreams. They won the case and Wallace Kaye was convicted, but this story received very little response from the actor's union, SAG-AFTRA. The documentary opens conversation on the topic and asks the question if this case had been brought to mainstream attention, could the cases of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey and many others been avoided?[6][7] [8]

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Critical Response[edit | edit source]

On The Daily Beast, the site's critical consensus states, "Rocking the Couch examines why a MeToo reckoning didn’t happen earlier, and how the unions—particularly SAG-AFTRA—are complicit."[8]

On The Post Millenial, a journalist states, "One of the things that makes this film outstanding is that the filmmakers only name people who have been criminally charged or convicted in a court of law."[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Soap Vet Andrea Evans Enters The #MeToo Movement". Soap Hub. 2018-08-23. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  2. "Harvey Weinstein charged with rape". 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  3. "Sexual Assault: Alleged Perpetrator of Sexual Assault". doi:10.1037/e538962012-001.
  4. King, Gilbert. "The Skinny on the Fatty Arbuckle Trial". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  5. "The Hitchcock Zone". The Hitchcock Zone. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rocking the Couch, retrieved 2019-02-25
  7. www.amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Rocking-Couch-Andrea-Evans/dp/B07NBWZ8NW. Retrieved 2019-02-25. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Zimmerman, Amy (2019-02-10). "Inside Hollywood's Abusive Casting Couch Culture". Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  9. "Rocking the couch of Hollywood sexism". The Post Millennial. 2019-02-11. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  1. Zimmerman, Amy. "How SAG Is Complicit in Hollywood’s Abusive Casting Couch Culture". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. "Harvey Weinstein charged with rape". BBC News. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. "Andrea Evans Biography". FilmReference.com. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. Stern, Marlow. "Bill Cosby's Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  5. via The Online Network, also broadcast through Hulu Plus and iTunes
  6. SOD (December 13, 2018). "B&B Airs 8,000th Episode". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  7. Kashner, Sam. "Natalie Wood's Death, Still Shrouded in Mystery—and the Clues That Remain". Vanities. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  8. "Passions episode recaps". NBC.com. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  9. Noe, Denise. "Fatty Arbuckle and the Death of Virginia Rappe". Crime Library at truTV. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved July 3,2008.
  10. Counts, Kyle B. "THE MAKING OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S THE BIRDS". HitchcockWiki.com. Archived from the original on July 29, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  11. US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-391. Report submitted July 30, 2014.
  12. 'Casting Couch': The Origins of a Pernicious Hollywood Cliché". The Atlantic. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  13. Miller, Hallie (January 3, 2019). "'Why is Kevin Spacey in Baltimore while awaiting court appearance on assault charges?". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, Maryland: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved January 23, 2019
  14. Davidson, Diana. "Rocking the couch of Hollywood sexism". The Post Millenial. Retrieved February 11th, 2019.


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