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What to know: Enjoyable short that tackles issues about how technology hampers kids' imagination and play.
PLAYDATE (2019) is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-12
7 minutes
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I found this short film enjoyable because it tackles a current social issue of how much technology has taken over our lives, not just for adults but for young children as well. The live action film features two young kids, a boy and a girl, who find themselves on a playground trying to entertain themselves while their parents are in a meeting, without their electronic devices. It's a classic struggle of modern day kids who don't know how to play without their devices. As the storyline develops, the kids turn a cordoned off gazebo into a space ship and actually begin having fun - fun without electronic assistance. The talent is quite adorable. The black girl and the Caucasian boy contrast each other in looks and temperament, to some degree. Yet, they find common ground in the end. The playground set is bright and colorful. The background music is a bit contrite at times, although I enjoyed hearing the opening bars to 2001: A Space Odyssey and the music under the credits is delightful. I think this would make a great discussion starter at a film festival. It's well produced with excellent visuals and audio. It would appeal to ages 8 to 12, as well as adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
A Boy and a Girl find themselves stuck on a playground with no electronic devices and must rediscover how to play using their imaginations.
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