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With: Mike Block, Mina Block, Carol "Kitty" Block, Ellen Block, Karen Block Engwall, Marjorie Silver, Natasha Saltzman, Rabbi Jonathan Blake, Samuel Osherson
Written by: Doug Block, Amy Seplin
Directed by: Doug Block
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 90
Date: 09/14/2005

51 Birch Street (2006)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Kids Just Don't Understand

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

When Doug Block's mother died and his father re-married his old secretary just a few months later, it started him thinking about the true nature of his parents' relationship, and thus this documentary. 51 Birch Street could have been a ponderous, navel-gazing mess, but the serendipitous appearance of his mother's obsessive journals casts a fresh light on things. Block's father is emotionally withdrawn and it takes some digging to get him to talk about anything, but the wary way he shows his emotion is quite moving. The overall effect makes one ponder how much we really know about our parents, as well as how much we really want to know.

DVD Details: Extras include a 21-minute featurette, Who Knew? - The Block Family Reacts to '51 Birch Street' (not as scandalous as it sounds), a "music video" for "I Flunk Adultery," and a trailer.

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