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Kids (1995)



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Movie Info

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.more
Rating: NC-17 (N/A)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Harmony Korine, Jim Lewis, Leo Fitzpatrick, Larry Clark
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 11, 1997
Shining Excalibur Pictures


Sarah Henderson
as Girl No. 1
Louie Louie
as Kid in Park
Ronald Hunter
as Kid in Park
Joseph Chan
as Ball Owner
Lisa Acevedo
as Girl At Party
Jonathan S. Kim
as Korean Guy
Adriane Brown
as Little Girl
Rich Arbitelle
as Kid In Park
Raymond Batista
as Legless Man
Nuri Bell
as Kid In Park
Peter Bici
as Kid In Park
Christian Bruna
as Christian
John Dean
as Kid In Park
Corina Deleon
as Girl At Party
Deborah Draper
as Ruby's Nurse
Giovanni Estevez
as Kid In Park
Francine Fuertes
as Jennie's Nurse
Jim Gordy
as Kid In Park
Karyn Grupski
as Kid In Park
Dr. Henry Anderson
as Rasta Drug Dealer
Mike Hernandez
as Kid In Park
Julie Ho
as Tamara
Jason Iconstanti
as Kid From Jersey
Johanna Ignatov
as Singing Woman
as Kid In Park
Alexandra Karabell
as Kid From Jersey
Avi Koren
as Fidget
Jimmy Lalputan
as Kid In Park
Lila Lee
as Girl At Party
Darice Liguidi
as Kid From Jersey
Carl Ly-Min
as Security Guard
Regina Mei
as Girl At Party
Tony Morales
as "Jungle Fever" Coupl...
Amy Moy
as Girl At Party
Frank Natiello
as Kid In Park
Thierry Oddo
as Kid In Park
Medwin Pang
as Kid In Park
Eddie Peel
as Kid In Park
John Perez
as Kid In Park
Daniel Phillips
as Kid In Park
Ryan Sikorski
as Kid In Park
Jeff Simmons
as Kid In Park
Billy Solomon
as Dancing Boy
Christiana Stebe-Glo...
as Telly's Little Broth...
Jamie Story
as Kid In Park
Beth Weinstein
as Kid From Jersey
Alan Wise
as Accordion Player
Suzanne Wood
as Girl At Party
Walter Youngblood
as "Jungle Fever" Coupl...
John Carter
as Kid In Park
John Dean
as Kid In Park
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News & Interviews for Kids

Critic Reviews for Kids

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (12)

Frightening, frank and serious, a wake-up call to the world.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Exploitative, gross, and despicable...

Full Review… | June 25, 2015
Cinema Crazed

There really are some kids who think like this, and these are the kids who should see this film

Full Review… | May 12, 2011
Old School Reviews

Pedophilia, pedophilia, pedophilia.

October 13, 2007

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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2007

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


And I thought "Dazed and Confused" was a realistic depiction of teenagers...

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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