The Kids Grow Up
A look at father-daughter relationships, modern-day parenting, marriage and the looming empty nest.
“The Kids Grow Up” is a documentary by Doug Block who has filmed his daughter from the age of essentially birth until she leaves for college at 18. And the feeling that you have about this is that he is incredibly narcissistic man. At one point, his daughter is crying on camera and basically says: you’re invading my privacy, I really hate this, stop it. And he says, yes, I understand. But he never turns off the damn camera. This is one of those movies that makes you think that documentary filmmakers are dangerous and completely without conscience, and this is his daughter. He also films his wife as she goes through a depressive episode and brings the camera in to wake her up from her depression and orders her out to take a walk — I mean, I can’t imagine this marriage still being intact. And again, as a psychologistit really made me uncomfortable about the invasion of privacy, and about boundaries of a man who clearly is in love with his daughter, not with his wife. I found this to be very upsetting film. So, it’s very hard to rate it in terms of entertainment because I found it really objectionable. And it’s going to be on HBO, which I guess means in theory, you don’t go to have a theater and see it, but it’s hard for me to give it any stars just because I felt it was an invasion of privacy, and that poor little girl is probably going to need, as her mother says, therapy, for a long time. I guess I’ll give it half a star. I’m not even sure why I’m doing that.