TEN9EIGHT – Movie review
TEN9EIGHT is a thought provoking film which tells the stories of several inner city teens (of differing race, religion and ethnicity) from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan.
TEN9EIGHT is a really fascinating idea that cheats. The story is that there is a massive high school dropout rate with people of color in the United States, especially men of color which is certainly true and undeniable. So the idea presented at the beginning of the film is teaching kids relevant things will keep them in school, and relevant things are how to run your own business. The reason this movie’s a cheat, is all of the kids that we meet were already exceptional in high school. They already did very well, they were outstanding senior boy, class president, etc., etc. they were already headed for college, and some of them were already in college. We followed them as they go to a national competition in New York for $10,000 for their ideas. I want to know, first of all, how you teach entrepreneurship. Second of all, where these kids got their drive, which clearly was not from school. If you could teach this in school, it would be a fascinating program, and a fascinating documentary, but it cheats. It takes 10 exceptional kids who didn’t learn this in school, they came from various backgrounds, and had really good ideas. So while you care about the kids, and you’re fascinated by their ideas, I would really love the idea that you could teach kids how to do the school, and teach them how to run your own business, not only for kids of color, but kids. The movie doesn’t do any of that. So lamentably, one star, because it cheats. If it wasn’t such a cheat and the issue was only the kids, I’d give three stars, but the cheat overwhelms the kids. One star.