Apple Picks Up 'Boys State' Political Documentary for Apple TV+

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Apple and its partner film studio A24 have acquired the rights to "Boys State" a political coming-of-age documentary that examines the health of American democracy, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Apple is said to have paid $10 million for the documentary, which was directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs' widow, served as an executive producer on the project.

Image courtesy of Sundance Film Institute​

The film features an experiment in which 1,000 17-year-old boys from across Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up, reproducing some of democracy's worst principles and flaws.
Strap up your saddle and get ready for a wild ride. Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across the state of Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up. High-minded ideals collide with low-down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus, and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State--governor.

Documenting impeachment threats, dramatic debates, underdog victories, and even nefarious internet memes, filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine (The Overnighters, 2014 Sundance Film Festival) chart the dramatic twists and turns of these intersecting stories to reveal profound truths about our political choices and civic obligations and to remind us, ultimately, that democracy is not a spectator sport. With cunning insight that will have audiences buzzing, Boys State holds a mirror up to our divided country. This is a film for the ages in every sense of the term.
Prior to being purchased by Apple, the documentary premiered on January 24 at the Sundance Film Festival.

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This should be interesting. I have seen this experiment attempted in Constitutional Law classes in law school and the results are often fascinating. Generally, if given the choice, people will pick exactly the type of government we already have in place.
 
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This should be interesting. I have seen this experiment attempted in Constitutional Law classes in law school and the results are often fascinating. Generally, if given the choice, people will pick exactly the type of government we already have in place.
People love to be ruled don’t they?
The state does a great job convincing people they would be in danger without them.
 

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People love to be ruled don’t they?
The state does a great job convincing people they would be in danger without them.
Actually, I was referring to the choice of Democracy vs Communism, Free Markets vs Gov’t Controlled, Democracy vs Republic, Constitution or anti-Constitution, Supreme Court and separation of powers or not.

I can happily say that I am no fan of either anarchy or Communism. Government is important. There would be utter chaos without it. I find that most people who don’t appreciate government are the types of people who are entitled and lazy, and don’t want to try earning their way. They are jealous of the successful and wealthy and chalk up that success to externalities. This has been a recurring theme throughout history.
 
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Ar40

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That's political by definition.

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Also "social justice" is not "socialist". Different things.
also Political ≠ a show about Politics and government. This isn’t a partisan show dealing in what people term politics in the media. This is about the U.S. gov’t political system.

also, by this point we should place a bit more faith in Apple. Little America was superficially a politically charged hot button show, yet when it was shown, it was devoid of all politics. Morning Show was panned by critics initially because it showed the Me Too movement from a man’s perspective and wanted us to sympathize with that as well. Apple has been exceedingly careful to not alienate Republican viewers with their shows. I can attest to that, as I am a staunch and unapologetic Trump republican (4 more years, baby!).

So, learn how to give the benefit of the doubt instead of stumbling into what this generation’s cancel culture youth too often flounder in.
 
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Battlestar Galactica (2004) was a very good example of a show that was overtly political without being mired down in current day-to-day real-world politics.
 
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Sounds interesting. Not sure why the words “social justice” are being thrown around, other than the picture isn’t of a Caucasian boy 🤷‍♂️

Sorry, non-Hispanic whites are only 40% of the population of Texas. Deal with it. America is a nation of immigrants, like your own forebears 🙄
 
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Getting closer every day!
Stupid question: uhhh why exactly is it all boys?
Because there weren't any women involved when our original government was formed? I believe that's what the film creators were after, although I could be entirely wrong. Although, I'd enjoy seeing a sequel with equal gender representation to compare the outcomes.
 
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Because there weren't any women involved when our original government was formed? I believe that's what the film creators were after, although I could be entirely wrong. Although, I'd enjoy seeing a sequel with equal gender representation to compare the outcomes.
Well, probably also no Latinos, so I’m guessing that’s not the reason.
 
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There’s a girls state and a boys state every year in almost every state, at least there used to be. I went myself at 17. At the end you are voting for who will be sent to girls nation and boys nation. There’s nothing to read too deeply into this politically. We spent a week learning about state government process, there was almost no actual politics.
 
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Well, probably also no Latinos, so I’m guessing that’s not the reason.
Turns out it’s a program run by the American Legion; they also have a Girls State program.
Boys State (like Girls State) is a decades-old program, run by the American Legion in states across the country, intending to give bright high school kids a crash course in the American political system.​
That description is from the Hollywood Reporter review:

 

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There’s a girls state and a boys state every year in almost every state, at least there used to be. I went myself at 17. At the end you are voting for who will be sent to girls nation and boys nation. There’s nothing to read too deeply into this politically. We spent a week learning about state government process, there was almost no actual politics.
BINGO. I've been trying to say this but the Apple haters are too busy with their blind hatred and don't have the ability to see things with an open mind.
 

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Actually, I was referring to the choice of Democracy vs Communism, Free Markets vs Gov’t Controlled, Democracy vs Republic, Constitution or anti-Constitution, Supreme Court and separation of powers or not.

I can happily say that I am no fan of either anarchy or Communism. Government is important. There would be utter chaos without it. I find that most people who don’t appreciate government are the types of people who are entitled and lazy, and don’t want to try earning their way. They are jealous of the successful and wealthy and chalk up that success to externalities. This has been a recurring theme throughout history.
haha. Love the platitudes. Any data to backup “There would be chaos”?

But who would build the roads if we weren’t forced at gunpoint to pay for them with no say as to how our money is spent?!

Also, there would be far less poor people if the government doesn’t exist. And wealthy people are welcome to all their wealth. It’s theirs and can choose to do with it as they wish.