The Kids Grow Up movie review: The Kids Grow Up is a wonderfully-edited film that documents an important time in the life of Lucy Block, but more importantly, it documents a time of maturation for her father. Lucy comes across throughout the film (even as a young child) as remarkably self-assured and independent. We know that she will be fine at college, and wherever she goes after that. But along with her father, we mourn her childhood a little bit, knowing that she has to leave it behind. She doesn’t need the film to help her grow up, but we come to realize that it’s an important milestone for Doug. In mourning her childhood’s passing, he’s also mourning his own, but it helps him enter into a new phase of adulthood. By the end, he’s even becoming more comfortable calling himself grandfather to his stepson’s little boy. When I first heard the title of this film, I thought it was just an expression that parents used when they spoke to each other. But I came to realize that in the case of Doug Block and his daughter Lucy, he was talking about two kids, his daughter and himself. And it’s almost as much fun watching the father grow up as the little girl.
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