Genre Guesstimation – Seven Up! (1964)

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.

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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 get married I don’t want to have any children because they’re always doing naughty things and making the house untidy.” – Neil

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A look at a group of 7 years olds from varying social classes in order to see what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

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.

Watching a group of 7 year olds from varying social backgrounds was much more interesting than I thought it would be especially given the fact that these young minds are still far from reaching full potential to express themselves.

Each of these kids is able to show their various opinions on numerous subjects including life, love, the social classes, work, the world they live in and their own thoughts and dreams on these subjects.

As a stand alone film, this film sn’t perfect, but when looking at the series as a whole, this film is definitely the anchor since it gives each of the 14 interviewees a chance to have a starting point where they can only go up from.

Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that is much more profound as part of the series instead of on its own yet it still gives us so much insight into the mind of a young child which isn’t formed completely yet. Each of the kids shown have differing opinions on life, love, work and the world they live in and it’s great to see and hear their thoughts on the way of the world at this young age. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As this was originally conceived as a one-off, no long term contracts were drawn up with the documentary participants. The interviews since Seven Up! have been voluntary, but Michael Apted says the participants are paid for their appearance in each film, as well as equal parts of any prize the film may win. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – On it’s own, unfortunately not, but when looking at all 8 parts of the series, there’s really no denying how profound it all is as a chronicle of life.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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

7 Plus Seven (1970)

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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