21 Up (1977)

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In the second follow-up to the original film Seven Up, Michael Apted continues his documentary saga that began when his subjects, 14 students from varied social backgrounds, were 7 years old. As young adults finally grown out of the awkward teenage years, the participants share similar worries and dreams, displaying humanity, honesty and candor in every frame. Extras include biographies, commentaries and more.

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Critic Reviews for 21 Up

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The third chapter in Michael Apted's one of a kind documentary

Mar 4, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Seven Up scene-stealer Neil Hughes becomes the series' tragic figure in 21 Up.

Oct 26, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 21 Up

½

One wonders what an amazing piece of sociological study this would have been in the hands of a more skillful filmmaker, but even if Apted's approach continues to be a tad too mechanical, the answers we get from the participants (and the shock of seeing how their lives changed) compensate immensely.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Some of the children have grown into the people you expected. Some have not. I found it interesting how when they talked about the film series they discussed to pointless nature of it. I think they thought about it too hard. The point is to see the unpredictability of life and how we are not really in control of our futures.
They also talk about how they are judged by what is shown on the film and not by all the things they did to get there. I say what they answer the questions with shows us more about them than seeing what they do every step of the day.
So far this is an excellent series. We are still seeing these people from a time that has long passed and I look forward to seeing how they change as the world goes into fast forward in tech and thinking.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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Interesting update on what those kids have turned into.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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½

This is the first in the series that I have seen. I particularly liked this glimpse into various people's lives. But as one of the subjects expresses, though it may not be a valid experiment it is at least entertaining. Also, as an American viewer I do gain some solid knowledge of UK culture in this particular time period. The people are all quite candid, and currently being 21 myself, this film consequently knocks away some boundaries other viewers have when relating to these people and examining their mentality.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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