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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Story of kids' labor-of-love Indy remake is fun, moving.

Movie NR 2016 95 minutes
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This documentary is a behind-the-scenes story of a film production, but it ultimately succeeds because it's so much more than that. Yes, an action-adventure movie made by and starring children is an impressive feat, but Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is mostly about relationships. It delves into the the bonds between Eric, Chris, and Jayson, and how those bonds frayed as they grew older and apart. It shows how their shared project helped shape them into adults -- and why finishing it is so important to them.

In interviews, the boys' mothers recall the film's haphazard production values and the kids' near-total lack of adult supervision (leading to several creative stunts involving fire that fortunately didn't get out control) -- and they also provide valuable insights into their sons' emotional development. When watching Raiders!, you root for the men to finally accomplish their goal, but, even more tellingly, you're happy to see how the kids who took on such an ambitious, interesting project grew up.

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