49 UP Add To My Top 10
Class Reunion Time Again
Release Date: October 06, 2006
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 135 minutes
Distributor: First Run Features
Director: ichael Apted
Executive Producer: Bill Jones
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Very interesting is the contrast between the comments and lifestyle of the original children at seven years old, and the appearance of the grandchildren. The original children often appeared in school uniforms including jackets and ties for some. The grandchildren are more likely seen frolicking on the beach.
It was surprising to learn that most of the 49-year-olds are quite content with their lives. Most now have a home. Several even have a vacation home. Most have completed or nearly completed raising their children. Almost all indicate that appearing in this series every seven years is painful.
The movie ends with the narrated comment, “Give me a seven-year-old, and I will show you the man.” To this end, the director had measured success. You could see some traits of the children that remained present in the different age interviews, but some of the people did make considerable changes in their lives.
MOVIEGUIDE® has long stressed the importance of using wisdom in limiting your children’s exposure to media, for the very reason that the formative years can have an impact that carries through a lifetime. Seldom will you see anything that so vividly shows real people at various stages of life than in this series of films. It would be interesting to see a similar study done on children raised in this more intense media age.
MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution regarding 49 UP because of a brief scene of nudity, a word or two of bad language, and the prevailing lack of concern about people’s relationship to God. Only one person was shown to have any religious beliefs. Every one else was made to appear that their religious beliefs are inconsequential.
It is interesting to see how these people aged, what careers they chose, who they married and divorced, and what’s happened with their children. MOVIEGUIDE® recommends caution regarding 49 UP because of a brief scene of nudity, a word or two of bad language, and the prevailing lack of concern about people’s relationship to God. Only one person was shown to have religious beliefs. Everyone else was made to appear that their religious beliefs are inconsequential.