If You Build It

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Inspiring docu shows young people capable of great things.

NR 2014 85 minutes

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age 14+

Appropriate for any age, but a bit dull.

This documentary is inspiring, but a little boring. I wanted to show it to a small group of teens but wondered if they would be too bored - in the end, our agenda did not allow time for the movie so I didn't get to see their reaction. It is inspiring, and shows how teens grow from not really caring to feeling like they do do/make something individually to learning they as a group can make a difference in their community. If you are trying to motivate or inform teens about these goals, it's a great choice.... just cross your fingers that it holds their interest. There are questions that aren't answered - why was the school district so against them? Did some kids kind of drop out of the class or the summer project? Seems we only hear from some of the kids and increasingly, only see some of them. How successful was the market long-term? How much work did the kids do on the market, especially at the end? In a documentary, these are reasonable questions to ask about whether the real-life story ends as neatly as the film portrays.

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