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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Doug Block
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Maeve O'Boyle
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Critic Reviews for The Kids Grow Up

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Block treats his daughter's departure not as a normal, bittersweet rite of passage but as an occasion for pathos, and he observes that self-dramatizing reaction candidly.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
New York Post
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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.

October 28, 2010
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Top Critic

The same qualities that sometimes make The Kids Grow Up tough to watch also make it irresistible.

October 28, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Kids Grow Up

I loved 51 Birch Street, but I felt like this film went too far in filming Block's own relationship with his daughter in what became an intrusive way. His daughter was uncomfortable with much of his documenting of her life once she became an adolescent and even when in tears she told him how much she hated it, he kept the camera rolling. It seemed insensitive & disrespectful. No wonder she went to college on the opposite coast! As his stepson said at one point "time to get over it." "It" being the handringing over Lucy growing up. 3 stars because it kept me interested & I loved Lucy & his wife.

Suzanne T
Suzanne T

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).

Matt Spencer
Matt Spencer

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