The Kids Grow Up

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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
as Narrator
Maeve O'Boyle
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for The Kids Grow Up

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (7)

  • 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…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
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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-

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for The Kids Grow Up

  • Dec 27, 2010
    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 S Super Reviewer

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