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When We Grow Up is a feature length dramatic comedy with a spin on the traditional “coming-of-age” narrative. The death of the family dog sends the matriarch of the Barnes family into a tailspin of grief causing her to call on her three adult children for comfort. When Elijah, Maris, and Louise arrive home for the funeral weekend, they simultaneously slip back into the childhood roles they filled growing up, while also struggling to keep up with the reality of their adult circumstances. This film dares to explore social challenges not often discussed in mainstream media: racial adoption issues, the redefining of the American family unit, and sexual intimacy among a mature generation.
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