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The Talk True Stories About the Birds & the Bees (2016)

Adult men share their stories of how their fathers explained sex to them as kids in an animated compilation.

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Adult men share their stories of how their fathers explained sex to them as kids in an animated compilation.

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9 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Rozmówki o ptaszkach i pszczólkach  »

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Nostalgic and eye-opening critique.

This is an impressive and relevant short film. It approaches head-on the very delicate topic of how to explain sex to your kid, showing how many misconceptions arise from poor or insufficient explanations. I saw this premier at the Rhode Island Film Festival, and it was quite well received by the audience. There were a few points at which people laughed, but I could sense the awkward air in the room. While watching it, I was thinking, "I really hope this isn't the 'talk' for any kids in the audience." Though it is meant to be viewed more in retrospect, this quick film actually would be a decent way of delivering "the talk". It's not to graphic and certainly isn't pornographic, but it is meant to make the viewer uncomfortable. However, it's intended audience seems to be people just like the narrators: parents who are nervous about having to teach their kids about sex. The point is that parents in general need to get better at this, shown by about a dozen examples of what not to do when it comes time to give the talk. Afterward, I and a few others briefly discussed which of the methods used was the worst. The animation is nothing special, mostly just paper cut-outs moving around. Despite that, I highly recommend watching it and hope that it gets featured at more film festivals in the future.


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