Paperboys (2001) Poster

(2001)

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touches subjects as disparate as family values, generation gaps, american values, growing up, technology and society
chris miller25 April 2004
shorter than i would have liked, but i suppose that's a good sign. it's ostensibly about a group of paperboys in stillwater minnesota, but it reaches far beyond that. it touches subjects as disparate as family values, generation gaps, american values, growing up, technology and society and the future in general. the film doesn't draw any conclusions or make any judgments. this, coupled with the abrupt ending, make for a film that will probably stay in my thoughts for a while. the film style and editing didn't offer anything of real note, but wasn't overly amateurish either. the dvd has a couple other short films that are interesting and add value to the package. glad i got it. B.
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Terrific Exploration of the Concept of Responsibility
gsandra6147 July 2017
The consistent response among all these boys and young men was the sense of responsibility attached to this first job of theirs. It also gives them their first opportunity to make their own money and serve their neighborhood. Both my brothers had paper routes and a newspaper stand on a busy street in Seattle. Those were leans times -- during the Depression -- where every penny counted. Both of my brothers worked and paid their way through college. Both of them were responsible citizens and family men. Paper routes contribute to character building and learning early how to earn and manage money. It's also good exercise. I enjoyed this short documentary very much. It was well done and the young men seemed comfortable having the film crew interview them. A nice slice of life in contrast to a lot of negativity in the news and film.
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