Telly is a New York teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted.
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Critic Reviews for Kids
None of the advance hype on Kids can prepare you for the raw, stripped-down reality that Larry Clark captures in his astonishing first film.
Kids shows what transpires when children are set adrift in a heartless world, and warns us what happens -- and is already happening -- in the absence of love and guidance.
Kids, a disturbingly voyeuristic look at adolescent promiscuity, is virtually child pornography disguised as a cautionary documentary.
There really are some kids who think like this, and these are the kids who should see this film
Pedophilia, pedophilia, pedophilia.
The first-time director, Larry Clark, is rather like his protagonist: He comes on to you, has his rough way with you, and leaves you feeling empty and violated.
One of Larry Clark's infamous "Kids are Evil Monsters" movies, Clark tells very little, and shows too much with an art illusion.
In its candid and bold approach, Larry Clarke's controversial film dwarfs all of Hollywood's youth movies, crossing new boundaries in its portrayal of sex and drugs; for a change, real teenagers, not actors in their 20s, play the roles.
Overrated reality slop.
The film isn't all that entertaining, but it does provide a sort of creepy, voyeuristic nostalgia
insightful but indulgent
Appalling, immoral rubbish palmed off as art.
There's an unsettling subtext here; despite the presence of a broad (not to mention tired, simplistic, and overworked) "message," it feels like exploitation.
Boy, that kid Telly sure is fun and representative of the Youth of Today. Not.
Trashy and exploitational. Clark comes off like a skuzzy pornographer taking advantage of his cast while using a faux vérité excuse as his accomplice.
A shocking, raw landmark from a talented, if sometimes misguided director.
Convincingly raw and probing in its distinctive passion
Powerful but exploitative raunch that preys on teens.
Utterly repugnant, child pornography masquerading as serious filmmaking.
Audience Reviews for Kids
In the nineties there was definitely a place for this kind of movie; shocking because it was obviously a true portrayal of what youth culture can be responsible for. It talked about sex, drugs, AIDS, street violence, and rape without a blink of the eye, showing a gritty world we all choose to ignore. For all those reasons, this is an indie classic that still upends social norms and draws attention to the perverse lives of teenagers. Still, in this day and age most people, after watching this, would say "I've seen worse." It may be atrocious, but there are still way worse things in films today than twenty years ago. What Harmony Korine and Larry Clark do get right are the characterizations of the teenagers, and what they say and do. The mannerisms of Telly, Casper, and Jenny are all spot on and really show the deep emotional complexities of the characters. For that reason this film still resonates for a lot of people, because we see kids doing questionable things, all the while victimizing themselves. For that reason this film is a good time capsule of skateboarding culture, but also a film that really draws out characters, and shows the vulnerability of kids.More
Like a car accident that you can't avert your eyes from, this is an unsettling display of sociopathy and delinquency on the part of a group of repulsive, detestable teens, and it almost works as a relevant social commentary on adolescence and AIDS. I said almost.More
Heavy and shocking, Kids is a portrait of the mentality, and social behavior from New York City teenagers in the beginning of the 90's. With a bold screenplay by Korine, just like the Clark's direction, this film presents a strong subject, that it's to be reflected and discussed by all society. The unknown actors and they outstanding performances are terrific, what make the movie more realistic.
Some critics say that Kids is pure pornography and pedophilia. But the thing is, the strong scenes and the language are unfortunately the real true about some teens, not just of New York suburb, but also of whole world.
Kids, is not a film easy to watch, especially for the views too sentient. But is very good to know the dark side of the adolescent sexuality, drugs, culture situation, the beginning of AIDS in the cult pop, AIDS transmission, sex experience talk and much more.
An contoversial picture, very recommentable and present. Fresh.
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