Devil's Playground Rumspringa, the period during which Amish youth are set free to explore -- and boy, do they -- the "English," or outside, world before joining… Devil's Playground Rumspringa, the period during which Amish youth are set free to explore -- and boy, do they -- the "English," or outside, world before joining…
Video Review

DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 04, 2003; Genre: Documentary

Rumspringa, the period during which Amish youth are set free to explore -- and boy, do they -- the ''English,'' or outside, world before joining the church, challenges our picturesque notions of a sect more associated with bonnets and buggies than with cars and drug dealers. Witness it ain't, but Playground gives an unprecedented view into the good (simple life, sense of community) and bad (limited education, extreme conformity) of Amish life through the experiences of these oh-so-suddenly modern kids.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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