Genre Guesstimation – 21 Up (1977)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In and it is Documentary Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Documentary Films.

“Education is very important and you can never be sure of leaving your children any worldly goods, but at least you can be sure that once you’ve given them a good education that’s something that no one can ever take away. ” – Andrew

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A look at the same group of 14 seven year old children 7 years after the previous update on their lives when they were 21 years old.

My Take on it – This is a film series that I was quite interested in seeing because of the overall premise.

I didn’t know what to expect and feared that this might get boring watching the way that these people grow up over the years but the exact opposite was true, I was so entranced by the lives of these anonymous people.

As these kids reached the age of 21, it’s once again easy to see the changes in their lives since they are now on the cusp of their independent adult lives.

Some of the changes seen are connected to marriage, schooling or new professions. Sometimes following their dreams from their childhoods and sometimes choosing a new direction.

Their opinions are much more formed than in the previous two movies in the series and that has much to do with the rebellious and independent minded nature of their age than anything else.

Bottom Line – Nice to once again revisit these kids as they become 21 and start on their own paths in life. Their opinions are even more formed as things move along and we get to see the sides of generally rebellious college kids as they look to their futures with much hope. The changes in their lives is once again apparent as some of the characters start married life, new jobs or look forward to a future career following their completion of their studies in the upcoming years. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The third in the series is longer than the previous two entries. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Once again, this film gives us some nice updates on the lives of these characters, but doesn’t manage to yet reach the point where things are poignant enough.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

If you missed any of the reviews of this series, check them out below:

Seven Up! (1964)

7 Plus Seven (1970)

28 Up (1984)

35 Up (1991)

42 Up (1998)

49 Up (2005)

56 Up (2012)

Roundup of the whole UP series (1964-2012)


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