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The Kids Grow Up (2011)

Doug Block , Lucy Block , Doug Block  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doug Block, Lucy Block
  • Directors: Doug Block
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049D1TD6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In his 51 BIRCH STREET, one of the most highly praised personal documentaries of recent years, Doug Block took a hard look at his parents marriage and his own relationship with his father. With his latest film, Block turns in the other direction, offering an exceptionally moving film about his relationship with his only child, Lucy.

THE KIDS GROW UP is a chronicle of Lucy's emotionally-fraught last year at home before leaving for college. Moving fluidly between past, present and the fast-approaching future, Block uses a lifetime of footage to craft not only a loving portrait of a girl transitioning into womanhood, but also an incredibly candid look at modern-day parenting, marriage, and what it means to let go.

Special Features

  • From 51 Birch Street to The Kids Grow Up: Doug Block on making personal documentaries
  • Outtakes
  • The Block Family Reacts to The Kids Grow Up
  • In Memory of Mike Block


Remarkablea 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 connection between parents and children. --A. O. Scott, New York Times

A profound, and utterly relatable, contemplation of parenthood, aging and youth's swift passing. --Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE

Powerful... funny... irresistible. --Andrew O Hehir,

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't want to be in filmmaker Doug Block's family! In the 2005 release "51 Birch Street", he turned the subject of his parent's marriage into a feature film to expose the harsh truths behind the illusions kids have about their family. And in "The Kids Grow Up," he points the camera in another direction--to see his daughter maturing and moving away to college. If you are a parent sending your child away, the true emotions expressed in the film will easily touch a chord. But is it possible for a film to be too intimate, too specific? As much as I admired the heartfelt nature of Block's personal introspection, I also found it slightly uncomfortable. More personal home movie than documentary, it seems like "The Kids Grow Up" was a cathartic process for Block but maybe not every detail of his private family experience needed to be filmed. And in truth, the camera seems to shield Block himself. Examining everyone else, but rarely turning the camera on himself, he remains an identifiable but somewhat aloof character in his own story.

The contemporary story arc of Block's film takes place as his daughter Lucy is preparing for college. With extensive interviews, this last year is well documented--but the film is enlivened by archival home movies that showcase the family through the years. Wistful and sad at times (the ending, in particular, was filled with thick melancholy)--many will identify with Block's reticence to lose his child. Dealing with her romantic entanglements was the first challenge to their close bond, but moving away is almost too much. And Block's insistence on never putting the camera down begins to put strains on their last days together. Seriously, the internal conflict between filmmaker and father can be rather unsettling to the viewer as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How and Why To Say 'Goodbye' Gracefully September 17, 2011
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This is an amazing doc. Bought it for my two sons, both great dads, who are raising kids and finding it even more comploicated than being officers in the U.S. Army. This film made me and them cry, laugh, think and be grateful that we do have children who enrich our lives and give us the shivers. I recommend this highly for everyone who has or has ever had children. And even for those who have never had children. They might find themselves either vindicated or sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story that will resonate with every parent July 4, 2011
By Mich69
Whether your child has gone/will go off to college or fly the coop for some other destination, you'll connect with the themes of this intimate documentary. There are so many docs out there focusing on haunting global issues, particularly war and injustice and other forms of despair. It was truly a pleasure to go on this local personal journey of a life transition that most of us parents will have to grapple with (if you haven't already).
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5.0 out of 5 stars sweetest documentary i've seen in ages... July 11, 2011
and i watch every documentary i can - it's my favourite of mr.block's work, it's centered around his family and his relationship with his daughter, and i immediately identified with it, it made me teary at parts, but after i finished it, i watched it again. perfect flick for a rainy day.. it will make you want to grow up in NYC and have such a doting father.
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Judge Jennifer Malkowski, DVD Verdict-- Of all the familial pairs one could put under the microscope of a personal documentary, prying father plus distant teenage daughter seems the most likely to result in squirm-inducing awkwardness on-screen. Indeed, that turns out to be the case with The Kids Grow Up. In almost all of her interactions with her camera-wielding father during her senior year, Lucy varies between apparent boredom, irritation, dismissiveness, and outright anger. Though viewers will certainly have a range of responses to their on-screen relationship, I personally sympathized with Lucy's attitude. It's hard for most parents to remain emotionally close with their kids throughout their teenage years, and it feels like Doug is dashing any hopes of that by insisting on talking to Lucy about her life with the camera running. He claims at one point, "I'd rather be a good parent than make a good film." I'm sure Doug believes that to be true and maybe it is, but it's the reverse of this statement that came across for me watching The Kids Grow Up. Between his pestering ways with Lucy and his not-as-charming-as-he-thinks resistance to "growing up" himself, Doug is not going to come off as a sympathetic presence in the film for all viewers.

Considering that it uses home video dating back to the early '90s, The Kids Grow Up looks and sounds pretty good--probably owing to the fact that the home video was shot by a professional filmmaker. Docurama also provides a hearty helping of special features. A 9-minute interview with Doug Block delves deeper into his motivations for making 51 Birch Street and The Kids Grow Up.
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