Tuesday, June 21, 2016
When kids grow up - Movie Review (C) 2016 Dan's Movie Report
In the midst of working on an interview, I received a nice message from Marissa Labog about her new film 'When Kids Grow Up'. Needless to say after watching the 9 minute brutally honest R rated film about rape and danger, I am stunned, and actually stopped working on my interview and feel the need to go off script and talk about this film not as a review but as a matter of conscious. I warn the viewers, this is not a film for kids, it is made by adults, for adults.
Today, more than any other time in our history, women face the harsh reality of being berated verbally and physically. Walk a mile in the shoes of a lady for one moment who is around 5ft tall and see what happens if she is alone, breaks down, and has to go for help. For the most part, unless it is a group of guys wanting to mug another guy, when a guy breaks down, he goes into a gas station, bar, etc... and just makes a call or goes and gets help. Well Marissa is a very petite lady, and in 'When Kids Grow Up' she is showing what it would be like if the tables are turned. Yes it is a work of fiction, but I feel the film is one born out of frustration towards the treatment of women by men. Rape and assault are very serious subjects, as a guy I can only imagine what goes through the mind of a lady who has either been in this situation, or actually experienced an assault or rape.
The takeaway here is to be aware of your surroundings. I mean if you are able to travel in pairs or even if not, have a person to call or that checks in on you by calling at a specified time. Marissa is a trained dancer, martial artist, and stunt woman, but obviously this is a film about turning the tables, becoming the attacker. In all reality, a few well place blows and evasive maneuvers is probably the way to escape with your life. Although taking out 6 attackers is not realistic, avoiding the situation is, or at least escaping from it.
For Marissa Labog, 'When Kids Grow Up' marks a milestone in her career. It is brutal, honest, and unforgiving, but a bit of light hearted entertainment at the end. Marissa is gonna do you know what to everyone, and blood will be spilled, well than count me in! Shahaub Roubari directed the project and it can be watched on youtube now @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-ACRC3znVU
Oh, in case you were wondering, of course Marissa was interviewed in 2013 on your home for exclusives, Dan's Movie Report @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2013/04/actressstuntwoman-marissa-labog.html