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      Minding the Gap

      Released Aug 17, 2018 1 hr. 33 min. Documentary TRAILER for Minding the Gap: Trailer 1 List
      100% 128 Reviews Tomatometer 91% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship. Read More Read Less

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      Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.

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      Jack P This is such a beautiful special movie. I don't know what I expected, but it went so much deeper. Don't read anything- just see it and have kleenex nearby. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/14/23 Full Review Brendan O Made me feel like I was 15 again. In the good ways, the bad ways, the magical ways and the confusing, awful, terrifying ways. This movie is a magic trick. It's a window into what it's like to be a boy. A window into what it's like to try and become a man with no guidebook. The film is deeply, specifically American and somehow (I would guess) also universal. It won't leave your bones. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/08/23 Full Review Julio H Best movie I have watched. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/13/23 Full Review Emil T Everyone has a story worthy of being told. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member An exceptional documentary about a group of childhood friends whose group was bonded around skateboarding - one of the children is the filmmaker - and how they navigate growing up, relationships and adulthood. It becomes a deeply moving film, touching on issues of abuse and domestic violence, what it means to be a man from the urban working classes and how we deal with our past and the impact it has on our present and future. It's remarkably clear-eyed for a film made by someone about himself and his group of friends, and it manages to keep weaving the narrative of the boys' lives around their love of skateboarding without ever becoming a film just about the sport itself. Revealing and powerful without ever being miserable, it deserves to be seen by the widest of audiences. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review david w The only worthwhile idea that comes from this trite, maudlin documentary is that everyone does things they regret. The audience who watches this movie and pities its protagonists is using the movie and foil to elevate their own flawed moral systems. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ben Sachs Chicago Reader Though it runs just 93 minutes, this cinema-verite documentary by Bing Liu manages to feel like an epic. Mar 24, 2020 Full Review Hanna Flint Time Out It will warm your heart but possibly break it a little too. Rated: 4/5 Apr 2, 2019 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard This is a movie about what people are prepared to swallow when they're thirsty for love. Rated: 4/5 Mar 24, 2019 Full Review Brian Susbielles InSession Film It’s a story of blue-collar lives who have to confront the new realities of subjects from fatherhood to racism to education. Mar 2, 2023 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies There’s no denying the emotional gut-punch “Minding the Gap” packs. It’s all about the heart-breaking struggles of Keire, Zack, and Liu and the different life paths each of them travel. Rated: 4/5 Aug 24, 2022 Full Review M.N. Miller Ready Steady Cut Minding the Gap is lyrical, gritty, and above all, human. Rated: 5/5 Aug 16, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
      Bing Liu
      Executive Producer
      Sally Jo Fifer, Steve James, Justine Nagan, Betsy Steinberg, Gordon Quinn, Chris White
      Production Co
      Kartemquin Films, P.O.V./American Documentary, ITVS International
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 17, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 17, 2018
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