Genre Guesstimation – 35 Up (1991)

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.

“When I see the children playing now, I realize how much fun they have together and it’s probably what I missed being an only child. ” – Andrew

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 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 35 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.

I was thrilled to see this chapter to the series and that’s because the characters are slowly getting closer to my own age so I can therefore relate even better to the things that they are dealing with.

Since they are moving closer to middle age, they must now deal with some very interesting life challenges that most of them didn’t have beforehand and we get to once again see how they deal with these challenges each in their own unique way.

More of them need to deal with marriage (both first and second), divorce, kids, new jobs and of course the sickness and death of people close to them.

We get to see their previous hopes and dreams and see if they managed to fulfill them while also learning about their new hopes and dreams as they move on with their lives.

It’s quite fascinating to see how some of them deal with difficulty to various challenges while others much more smoothly.

Some of those absent from the previous installment return while others choose to not participate this time around.

This is a chapter that gives the viewer so much to contemplate about life and it makes you yearn to learn even more about the loves of these people.

Bottom Line – Another superb addition to the series. As the people begin to move towards middle age, they are faced with even more challenges in life than previously and it’s great to see how each of them chooses to deal with those aspects of life. Once again, we get to see their reactions to marriage (first and second), divorce, kids, new jobs and of course death of those close to them. This chapter shows how difficult some of them take some of the life changing events while other manage more easily with similar circumstances.  Once again hearing their hopes and dreams and seeing whether the followed those dreams or not is fascinating to watch.  Some of those absent from the previous chapter return while others choose not to participate in this one.  This film gives the viewer so much to think about when dealing with life. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Brisby had essentially fallen out with director Michael Apted at this stage so his segments were filmed by Apted’s assistant. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – For sure. This chapter is even better than the previous ones and allows us to really connect on various levels with the characters.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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

Seven Up! (1964)

7 Plus Seven (1970)

21 Up (1977)

28 Up (1984)

42 Up (1998)

49 Up (2005)

56 Up (2012)

Roundup of the whole UP series (1964-2012)


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