Kids

Kids

49%
  • NC-17, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Larry Clark
    In Theaters:
    Jul 28, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 11, 1997
  • Shining Excalibur Pictures
  • Kids
    1 minutes 21 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Kids Reviews

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Spencer S

Super Reviewer

November 1, 2010
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.
Carlos M

Super Reviewer

March 13, 2014
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.
Sam B

Super Reviewer

March 14, 2013
And I thought "Dazed and Confused" was a realistic depiction of teenagers...
Lucas M

Super Reviewer

November 11, 2011
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.
theunknownhobo
theunknownhobo

Super Reviewer

August 29, 2011
While I understand why this movie was made and what it was trying to put across, I felt that it missed a couple of notes and in actual fact painted the lives of the teenagers a lot lighter than they should have been. However, it may have lacked sufficient depth for the core components of the story, but still I think Kids is a wake up call to its title audience and offered a more honest apporach to many movies of a similar disposition.
paul o.
paul o.

Super Reviewer

February 18, 2011
This movie goes hard. Deflorations to HIV, there is just so much chaos in this world for youths. The story was fantastic and the acting was somewhat real! Probably one of the most underappriciated films of the past decades.
Coxxie M

Super Reviewer

March 21, 2009
Its very hard for me to watch kids repeatedly not getting their asses kicked, when i want to see them get their asses kicked.
Conner R

Super Reviewer

July 25, 2010
It's creepy, disgusting, sad, and shocking. Whether or not you like the characters for being so outlandish and terrible or hate them for it, this isn't very far off from some lifestyles in New York. It's easy to regard this movie as trash or even pornography, but when faced with the reality of the film-making; everything was intentional. This creates an atmosphere that is nearly unmatched, half the time you feel more disgusting and revolting than the characters in the movie. Being shot like a documentary certainly helps that, also the fact that none of the actors were famous at the time and that everything looks and feels so realistic. It's an important movie, probably the most important movie about sex to ever exist.
flixsterman
flixsterman

Super Reviewer

January 6, 2009
How does director Larry Clark expect anyone to care about his characters when they don't care about themselves?
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 23, 2009
Overhyped and contrived. Not a great film, quite the opposite in fact, is actually quite nasty.
cosmo313
cosmo313

Super Reviewer

April 15, 2009
Before anything, yes, I am giving this a mild recommendation, even though it may not seem like it.

I didn't mind the fact that this was a fictional film that felt more like a documentary. It added an uncomfortable and alarming sense of realism. I also tend to enjoy films that are "slice of life" or "a day in the life of..." but I don't think this film is quite as good as the critics who lauded it do. I don't think this film is nearly as pretentious, meandering, or shitty as Rachel Getting Married, but it's no Clerks either. The I couldn't relate to it and the fact that it already seems dated is probably why. None of what I'm saying hasn't already been said before, but that's no matter. Despite that it is a little too unfocused and indie for it's own good, it's not a bad movie. Bottom line: many kudos for being gutsy and unflinching and still getting a fair amount of respect.
arashxak
arashxak

Super Reviewer

June 8, 2008
So what's the point? A warning to the parents? Anyway good perf from Pierce
DragonEyeMorrison
DragonEyeMorrison

Super Reviewer

January 29, 2008
Kids like to drink and fuck, pretend to be shocked for a moment.
middleeasternfilms
middleeasternfilms

Super Reviewer

May 13, 2008
Whether it's Clark's excuse to film child porn or his attempt to portray the "real lives" of teenagers, this film fails on all fronts. While the acting is pretty good, that can mostly be attributed to the actors pretty much portraying either themselves or people they have known. It's an ambitious bit of filmmaking, but it's certainly not a wake-up call to the world; it's a wake-up call to parents and gives such people a reason to be even more restrictive on their kids. As a kid watching this, it was interesting and a good movie. As a parent myself, it's scary and unneccessary in a lot of ways.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

May 12, 2008
Most shocking and very weird of the reckless teen (under 18s only) I ever watched. Director Larry Clark made an impact in 1995 with this confronting controversial look at American youth, and has since crafted a body of work capturing portraits of troubled teens with uncomfortably voyeuristic detail.
This is the film debut for ChloŽ Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.
Christopher M

Super Reviewer

May 10, 2008
After seeing Larry Clark's film Bully for the first time a few years ago, I bought into the stuff on the internet about him being perverted/exploitative, etc, and wrote him off as a filmmaker. Upon seeing Bully again several months ago, I shed the burden of such claims and realized it really is a great film. So now that I'm past that, I decided to check out the film he is most known for, Kids. Like Bully, Kids is an unflinchingly honest look at the lives of American teenagers in the 90s. Sure, it also has its fair share of teenage sexuality, but it's not arbitrary nor is it exploitative. The film involves a HIV-positive teenager (Leo Fitzpatrick) who is on a mission to deflower virgins in his area, carelessly endangering them. A girl (Chloe Sevigny) who slept with him in the past discovers she is now HIV-positive and sets out to find him. It's an unsettling and disturbing story, no doubt, but Clark shows us what intrepid filmmaking is about by presenting the sad reality of these kids' lives, refusing to shy away no matter how ugly the subject matter, which is as close to reality as possible, becomes. Several actors started out in this film who have gone on to be successful in the business, including stars Fitzpatrick (who also appeared in Bully, and was a recurring character in the amazing HBO television series The Wire) and Sevigny (who has appeared in several wildly successful films such as Boys Don't Cry or American Psycho), and also Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Clerks 2). One of my favourite characters in the film was Casper, who, I've just discovered from his IMDB page, sadly committed suicide at 25. The film had a pretty cool soundtrack, also. This is a landmark cult film, and a very interesting one, and it's worth seeing for that alone.
Drew S

Super Reviewer

November 28, 2007
Enough to give you a bit of pause in those few precious pre-coitus seconds. Before you attack her, wrap your whacker!

What makes this movie work and not Alpha Dog? No overwhelming attempts at manipulation. Alpha Dog said "this is how it is! Look! Aren't you ENRAGED? Protect your children!" Kids just kind of says "this is how it is", sighs, and lets you see and feel for yourself. It's almost all negative but such is a life drenched in poverty.
puffchunk
puffchunk

Super Reviewer

September 24, 2007
Started to watch it and got bored.
Jason S

Super Reviewer

September 7, 2007
This was pretty crappy. The only reason you may have heard of it was because people thought it was edgy. It wasn't. Just really crude.
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