Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Mar 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that explores the rise and fall of 80’s teen heartthrobs known as the 2 Corey’s as their lives are turned on end by those around them who only wish to exploit them.
My Take on it – This is a new documentary that I heard about just a few days ago and had the opportunity to finally see what it was all about.
As a child of the 80’s, I have always been a fan of the work of the 2 Corey’s and this film gives us so much more insight into their careers and how things played out over that time.
The Corey dynamic has always been quite enjoyable to watch and this film gives us a new understanding to that dynamic.
This documentary has information that has been well known for quite a while but it is also filled with lots more than is new and quite eye opening.
They have long discussions about the lack of real protection on movie sets for kids from sexual predators and they openly discuss numerous situations where abuse was reported.
The way that they deal with things here is very hard hitting and they are able to give us a very clear picture as to why certain actors and actresses ended up acting out later in their teens due to the abuse they encountered on movie sets.
These environments can truly be toxic to kids and there are always people trying to exploit them instead of trying harder to keep them safe and protected.
Many of these kids are thrust into this dangerous environment by their parents who never seem to truly notice the kind of abuse that their kids suffer and this makes it even harder to believe that these kind of things happened.
Many of these predators have been in these environments for years, if not decades constantly finding new prey to abuse which is horrifying.
In addition to all of this, the movie also shows us the steps taken by former abused child stars to try and raise awareness for these issues while also advocating and instigating changes in the laws that would help those affected by giving them the opportunity to make their claims in court despite the statue of limitations on these kind of crimes.
They do a wonderful job trying to be as impartial as possible here while still leaving it as a great tribute to Haim at the same time.
Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that really allows us to get a whole new understanding of the Corey dynamic of the 80’s. Some parts of this story were already well known, but others are quite eye opening about the way that movie sets really do nothing (and have never done anything) to protect kids from predators. The very open interviews really hit home and make one get a clearer picture of why certain things happened to teen actors and actresses and at the same time makes the viewer realize how dangerous an environment these kids are thrust into (usually by their parents) and constantly remain in positions that can easily be exploited instead of protected. This film also shows the numerous steps taken by former child actors in order to change laws that would help keep kids safer and also help hose abused in the past confront and use the law to help put them behind bars. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Due to be premiered on 9th March 2020, the initial screening was plagued by technical issues allegedly caused by a cyber attack which was meant to silence Corey Feldman and the message and information that the documentary held. The screening finally went ahead on 10th March instead. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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