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Parents' Guide to

Valley of the Boom

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Innovative internet docudrama entertains and illuminates.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Using storytelling techniques ranging from documentary to dramatic reconstruction to, amazingly enough, interpretive dance, this is an ambitious and unruly show that is literally unlike anything currently on TV. Its closest comparisons are movies like The Big Short, which combines complex financial ideas with bold character and aesthetic choices, or American Animals, which similarly blurs the line between documentary and drama.

Not only does it entertain, but the raucous mishmash of approaches sneakily mirrors the internet itself, not to mention the chaotic tech boom of the mid-90s. Often, the kind of freewheeling stylistic choices that Valley of the Boom makes are used to hide a lack of actual substance, but this show's primary objective is to illuminate the origin of the internet as we know it. It's like writing code: a million tiny inputs ultimately create one clear picture.

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