28 Up

From The Movie Snob

28 Up (B+). The other night, the Borg Queen and I took advantage of her Netflix subscription to watch the next installment of this British documentary series. This one was filmed in the mid-1980s, and the 14 kids the director has been revisiting every seven years are now 28 — good and grown up. Two of them, including the Alex P. Keaton wanna-be, refused to participate this time around. Of those who did participate, almost all of them are married, and most of them seem to be pretty happy with their lives. Of course, director Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) tries to provoke the ones who came from the lower classes by repeatedly asking if they’re satisfied or if they feel they’ve missed out on opportunities others have had. One of the girls from the lower classes bursts out, “Well, I never really think about it except when you come around every seven years!” or something like that. Anyway, it’s good to see that even the poorer kids seem to have pretty decent lives. There is one sad exception. A little boy who was very cute and happy at age seven and who seemed much sadder at age 14 is kind of a drifter at age 28, and he seems pretty clearly to suffer from some sort of mental illness. He is a sad case, and I hope he got suitable treatment after this installment was filmed.

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One comment on “28 Up

  1. […] and check it out.  (You can see my previous reviews in the series here:  49 Up, 42 Up, 35 Up, 28 Up, 21 Up, 7+Seven, and 7 […]

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