Genre Guesstimation – 7 Plus Seven (1970)


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 docuquiggy@movierob.net

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.

“Are you happier now than you were then? ” – Narrator

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 14 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.

When we meet these teens at the age of 14, it’s quite easy to see that they are no longer the un-opinionated little children from the previous film.

They each have begun to form real opinions on the various facets of life and have much more interesting things to say about the subjects that are discussed especially given the fact that they ave now reached the very opinionated years of the terrible teens.

Some of the kids have had some major changes in their lives, most notably divorce of parents or their move to a different neighborhood or country and we get to see how they affect their lives and look on life.

Fascinating to watch these kids grow up a bit, but the series still hasn’t yet reached the point where it becomes profound as we watch them on their way up.

Bottom Line – Interesting look at this group of children as they enter their teen years. We get to see their opinions on life are formed much better than when they were just 7.  The changes in their appearances and opinions on some of the subjects discussed in the previous film are much more apparent since they have reached the terrible teen years. The changes in their lives most notably by some divorces and moves have helped show how changes like these could have affect on their lives along their way up.  Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Apted was an assistant director and researcher on Seven Up! (1964). Here, he steps in to the director’s chair, vacated by Paul Almond. Apted would go on to direct all the rest of the films, and indeed would be the name associated with the series. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Once again, this comes close, but only when seen in the full scope does it work better tho as a stand alone film it just doesn’t manage to be amazing.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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

Seven Up! (1964)

21 Up (1977)

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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