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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Movies that Made Us is a docuseries that offers lots of backstory about some of Hollywood’s most popular cult classic films. Some of the archival footage, movie sequences, and interviews feature strong themes (like abortion and drug use), cursing, and strong sexual innuendo. Older teen film buffs should be able to handle it, but it’s not an ideal choice for younger viewers.
What's the story?
From the creators of The Toys That Made Us, THE MOVIES THAT MADE US is a docuseries that offers a behind the scenes look at some of America’s classic films. Each installment reveals how a specific film was made, ranging from where and how the idea for the movie originated, to discussing the challenges that had to be overcome in order to finish and release it. It also discusses some of the impact each film has had on the film industry and on popular culture.
Is it any good?
This fun series offers lots of details, interesting interviews, and behind the scenes footage about each of popular classic film it features. Creators, writers, and producers discuss the origins of films like the original Dirty Dancing and the first installment of the Die Hard franchise, often noting how the story’s original premise was reworked and renegotiated in order to become a viable tale. Interesting obstacles are faced during production, including not securing the rights to a movie title until the last minute, and not knowing if actors were going to show up to to make the film, are also highlighted. But some of the most entertaining bits center on the relationships between cast members, a few of which were better on screen than off. Overall, The Movies That Made Us offers film buffs and and pop culture fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite classic movies, and learn some new things about them along the way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of the classic films featured here. How do they compare with popular films today?
Many of the films featured in The Movies That Made Us been remade. Is it because producers want to capitalize on the original success of the films? Or is it because it’s hard to come up with more original content?
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