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Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st Century

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Thought-provoking docu follows coming-of-age struggles.

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This docuseries isn't always easy to watch, but it's an eye-opening resource for parents and possibly teens who themselves are coming of age. The subjects' experiences run the gamut from emotionally wrenching to victorious and self-affirming, and Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st Century sheds light on issues that many viewers (especially adults) may not have any personal knowledge of. The interviewees are forthcoming with details of addiction, sexual violence, and mental illness, among other experiences, and while the stories are difficult to hear, the eventual healing and maturing process can be inspiring.

Since it's only a six-part series, the 22 subjects' stories -- presumably told through extensive interviews -- are condensed to mere minutes apiece, so there's a lot that's left unsaid. Even so, these slices of life are excellent ways to start conversations with your own teens about what's going on in their lives and what struggles they might be having, not to mention a great reminder that today's reality doesn't have to be tomorrow's.

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