The ‘Up’ Series
America turned Boyhood, made over 12 years, into a surprise money-gobbler. Meet its even more dedicated cousin. Since 1964, the same film crew — led by director Michael Apted — has caught up with the same group of kids every seven years, asking them how they’re doing, how their life has changed and seeing how they’ve measured up to their youthful vision of their future. (Spoiler: Aging sucks.) If watched in one, epic battering ram, the results are disturbingly cosmic: Watch, among other downers, as a perky, cute kid sours into a cynical wanderer only to find some watered-down form of salvation.