The Kids Grow Up (2010)


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Documentary filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street) has captured much of his daughter Lucy's life - and their relationship - on camera. Now his only child is 17 and preparing to leave home for college. Lucy's imminent departure is the springboard for The Kids Grow Up, a funny and poignant look at modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest.-- (C) Shadow Releasing

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Critic Reviews for The Kids Grow Up

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

Block wears his neuroses so guilelessly on his sleeve and organizes his material with such skill, that what might have been insufferable navel-gazing attains poignancy.

Nov 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Maybe being able to look back in time is comforting for Block and company, but what makes him think complete strangers give a damn about his not-especially-interesting family?

Oct 29, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A chronicle of ordinary life that is partly a scrapbook, partly a memoir and, most movingly, an essay on the passage of time and the mysterious connections between parents and children.

Oct 29, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Block intended this movie as a loving portrait of his relationship with his daughter. Instead, it's a reflection, and not always a kind one, of the man behind the camera.

Oct 28, 2010 | Full Review…
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The same qualities that sometimes make The Kids Grow Up tough to watch also make it irresistible.

Oct 28, 2010

By experiencing Block's films, we aren't merely witnessing his neurosis, we're abetting and validating it.

Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: C-
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Audience Reviews for The Kids Grow Up


Interesting doc about the relationship between a father & daughter (a whole family really) and how they grow together and how they deal with saying goodbye before she leaves for college (and adulthood).

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