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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The subjects of this documentary work hard to get their startups off the ground.
Positive Role Models
The members of the three teams competing in AngelHack's Silicon Valley Week make tremendous personal and financial sacrifices to make their dreams of getting their startup off the ground a reality. While still making their education a priority, three high school teens from Palo Alto, CA devote long and tiring hours toward their startup, a Palestinian man works long hours as an Uber driver in New York City, then sleeps in his car in order to save as much money as possible, and participants from Kenya work to clean a heavily polluted river in Nairobi.
"F--k" used several times. "S--t." A teen says that "procrastination is just me being a d--k to my future self." "Ass." "Hell."
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Products & Purchases
One of the pitches made by teens to Silicon Valley executives talks of the shopping and spending habits of teens.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and cocktail drinking during a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Seed is a 2017 documentary centered on three of the several teams competing to win seed money for their startups during AngelHack's Silicon Valley Week in San Francisco. "F--k" is used several times, and there's occasional use of profanity like "s--t" and "ass." The three teams are of different ages and backgrounds, but are all shown working hard and making tremendous sacrifices to get their startups off the ground. While this is certainly a stylized documentary that employs the reality television technique of taking the faintest whiff of conflict and exaggerating it for all it's worth, what emerges for teens and kids dreaming of bringing their own startups into the world is just how much personal and financial sacrifice is needed to make it happen, the challenges that inevitably erupt, and the effect stress can have on relationships. Best for tech-savvy teens and parents. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For all its heightened drama and conflict, this documentary is best enjoyed by the tech savvy. Not that Luddites won't get wrapped up in the external and internal conflicts building up to the climax in which they find out who wins the "hackathon," it's just that Seed resorts to all the tricks in the reality show playbook to make the spectacle of people basically working in front of a computer screen all day and all night visually compelling. Even with the interesting-enough stories and backgrounds of the three teams, the spinny cameras and delay-pedal saturated background music gives one the sense that "reality" is being manipulated to seem more dramatic than it is "irl."
Also, there isn't much context provided at the beginning. The viewer is simply supposed to understand that this is all very important and meaningful to those being filmed. While the story does eventually take shape and what's at stake for the participants is made clear, it takes a while to get there. Even the faintest whiff of conflict is played up to squeeze out as much entertainment value as possible. It's almost as if the filmmakers didn't have enough faith in the diverse and unique stories of their subjects, and it's that apparent lack of faith that prevents this documentary from appealing to a more universal audience.
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