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When You Grow Up (1973)

| Short | 1973 (USA)
This film presents youth with the notion of what encompasses a large part of an adult's life - work - and what career those youth may want embark upon when they grow up. People generally ... See full summary »

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This film presents youth with the notion of what encompasses a large part of an adult's life - work - and what career those youth may want embark upon when they grow up. People generally work to earn a living to purchase goods and services, some which are necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health care, and some which are luxuries. Hopefully, the work that people do they find enjoyable, satisfying and a useful contribution to society. Because so many different goods and services contribute to society's needs and wants, there are many different careers from which to choose. Any work requires a special skill set, sometimes which can be acquired through practice such as on the job training, and sometimes which requires previous knowledge such as can be acquired through schooling. A career cluster, such as "health care", is comprised of a multitude of different careers, such as doctor, nurse, dentist and pharmacist, which are usually interrelated in advancing that career ... Written by Huggo

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Fresh meat for the grinder
8 March 2011 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Films don't get much more depressing than When You Grow Up. Here's a film designed to prepare children for their future. And what does that future hold for them? Why, work, of course! Lots and lots of glorious work! When you grow up, you will need special skills that will allow you to get a job. Because having a job is the be-all and end-all of human existence! Nothing is more important to people than GOOD HELP. I wish I were making this up: this is basically a propaganda piece created to stifle children's hopes, dreams, and imagination and get them ready for the routine nine-to-five world of twentieth-century capitalism. Between the crushingly grim message and its deadpan, lobotomized narration, When You Grow Up is enough to make a communist out of anyone.


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