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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.
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, Salon.com
3.75 stars. Interesting and poignant story from one family's life as they prepare to send their daughter to college.Published 13 days ago by Jesseco
It was a waste of money and time Terrible!!!!!!!I have a much better story but don't have all the time to make it as I had Kids!!Published 3 months ago by Marie Connolly
Make sure you have lots of hankies to wipe those tears. A really touching and honest portrayal of letting our children go off into the adult world.Published 6 months ago by Avid reader
This is a wonderful documentary that deserves a large audience than it will receive. Very moving and personal look at family relationships. So glad it was recommended by a friend.Published on December 15, 2011 by Dahlia
I felt Doug Block had a wonderful subject on hand and squandered the opportunity to tell a good story. There were so many directions he could have gone with the film (e.g. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by JYK