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An awkward blend of teen comedy and social commentary, Kids in America largely fails to provoke thought or laughter. Read critic reviews

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With hopes of becoming the superintendent of her school district, Principal Weller (Julie Bowen) takes a hard-line stance against any act or behavior that she deems an insurrection. However, almost everything her students do to express themselves is problematic to Weller. Tired of being silenced and kept down, one high-school senior, Holden Donovan (Gregory Smith), rallies his classmates from all different social groups to join in protest against Weller's attacks on their personal freedoms.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Smith
Holden Donovan
Stephanie Sherrin
Charlotte Pratt
Nicole Richie
Kelly Stepford
Malik Yoba
Will Drucker
Julie Bowen
Principal Weller
Caitlin Wachs
Katie Carmichael
Emy Coligado
Emily Chua
Chris Morris
chuck McGinn
Alex Anfanger
Lawrence Reitzer
Adam Arkin
Ed Mumsford
George Wendt
Coach Thompson
Andrew Shaifer
Kip Stratton
Elizabeth Perkins
Sondra Carmichael
Charles Shaughnessy
Sergeant Carmichael
W. Earl Brown
Boss McGinn
Kim Coles
Loretta Jenkins
Samantha Mathis
Jennifer Rose
Jeff Chase
Asst. Coach Fasso
Scott M. Rosenfelt
Executive Producer
B. Billie Greif
Executive Producer
Guy Livneh
Cinematographer
Tracy Curtis
Film Editor
Steve Readmond
Production Design
Sean Veale
Art Direction
Karin L. McGaughey
Set Decoration
Nikoya Gonzalez
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Critic Reviews for Kids in America

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  • Apr 10, 2020
    Kids In America is more than just another teen movie, it's has a message to spread and came together in a very unique way. Principal Weller (Julie Bowen) is running for state superintendent and she wants her school to be perfect. All the troublemakers have been expelled and every little infraction means a long suspension. No one is happy about it, particularly the students, so they do the only thing they can, fight back! This film is based on a culmination of news stories from around the county, that feature students who were suspended for doing nothing more than expressing their first amendment rights. These stories are incorporated into the film and make up the basis for Weller's suspensions. As for the students, their ring leader is Holden Donovan (Gregory Smith), an honor student, and the last person you'd expect to be leading a student rebellion. I've long been a fan of Gregory Smith and this role was a detour from his normal routine. Smith always plays the sweet, lovable characters like Efram in Everwood or Dove in Rookie Blue, he's not known for comedy or for being the rebel. It was an interesting diversion that he pulls off quite well. The film is further supported by Julie Bowen and Nicole Ritchie, who are also playing roles that are out of their comfort zone. Kids In America is unique in that it's a comedy for teens that actually has a positive message. It also features a cast that is playing characters that they don't usually play, making for an even more enjoyable watch. Don't get me wrong I love comedies like Super Bad and 21 & Over, but it was a nice change of pace to see these kids acting out and getting into trouble for a cause, especially one that's near and dear to my heart.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2011
    As far as I'm concerned, Kids In America is very underrated. What you have here with this film is a comedy that exposes an important subject. People hate on this film because of the fact that Nicole Ritchie plays in this film. Well, her role I thought was so minimal that it really didn't bring anything memorable to the film. Her role wasn't an essential part of the film. I didn't care to see her on screen, and she didn't annoy me in the process. What I love about Kids In America is that it's very different that your usual Teen comedy. Where the usual teen comedy insults teens for what they usually "are", Kids In America takes a different, refreshing approach and creates something funny, charming but above all, smart. The casting choices are well done, and every actor is perfect for the part they played. The film is very entertaining, funny and well crafted. This is an underrated film that shouldn't be passed up. Most Teen comedies fail to capture what teen life really is about, but Kids In America is the only film of it's kind that is smart and exposes issues that people don't even care about. Kids In America is a better film than what people might think. A well acted film with laughs and drama about important teen issues. Sure the film could have been improved upon, but for what it does, it captures the essence of what growing up really is, and that is one of the reasons that this film works so well.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2007
    Honestly I thought it was going to suck.. but there is a certain real edge to the movie that you don't find in the vast majority of "teen movies".. Most of the dialogue and characters are spot on, teens act like teens.. yet it still manages to be entertaining and humorous while carrying a message without caving and going to extremes..No names for all but three of the major roles (Gregory Smith, Caitlin Wachs and Julie Bowen) adds to the feel.. A few moments of stupidity and one particular character hurt the movie.. but there are a few great standout scenes and characters that make up for it.. It's not perfect, but it wasn't meant to be.. otherwise you'd end up with that carbon copy teen movie..
    Nick G Super Reviewer

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