Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up with People Story (2009)

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Archival footage, photos, news clips, and interviews combine to offer a comprehensive overview of the clean-cut, buttoned-down singing youth group that attempted to change the world in the riotous 1960s. A true cultural phenomenon, Up with People performed in 47 languages to a global audience that included popes and kings; they even performed at the Super Bowl half-time show. As former members offer heartfelt reflections on their time with Up with People and what the group really mean to them personally, the viewer is presented with a thought-provoking glimpse into the cultural underbelly of politics, cults, and money.

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Storey's discoveries feel undeveloped, and one is left with suggestions rather than conclusions.

July 29, 2010 | Full Review…

The film is as insubstantial and irrelevant as the group itself, providing no probing insight into its ultimate purpose and function, or how they managed to survive all these years.

August 4, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Fascinating...director Lee Storey wisely resists criticizing individual Up With People members, she doesn't hold back recounting its leaders' excesses.

August 2, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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