Kids in America (2005)

Kids in America (2005)



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Teenagers stand up for their rights and take on the woman who wants to scuttle their freedoms in this comedy drama inspired by a true story. Principal Weller (Julie Bowen) is the ambitious but hard-headed leader of Booker High School. Weller plans to run for superintendent of her school district, and believes if she wants to win she needs to project the image of a no-nonsense leader, and with that in mind she begins cracking down on what she sees as discipline problems at Booker High. However, in many cases what she sees as kids out of control are seen by others as kids expressing themselves, including a girl who wants to distribute condoms to recognize National Safe Sex Day, and two boys who are caught kissing in the hallway between classes. Mr. Drucker (Malik Yoba) is a teacher at Booker who tries to champion the students' rights of free expression, but his conflicts with Principal Weller end up costing him his job when he's fired for questioning her authority. Holden Donovan (Gregory Smith) is a student at Booker who is alarmed that the students have lost one of their few allies, and decides to do something about it -- along with his classmates, he sets out to establish and defend the right of free expression for high-school students, and launches a campaign against Weller's bid to become superintendent. Kids in America also stars Stephanie Sherrin, Nicole Richie, Adam Arkin, George Wendt, and Elizabeth Perkins. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language)
Comedy , Documentary
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Gregory Smith
as Holden Donovan
Stephanie Sherrin
as Charlotte Pratt
Chris Morris
as Chuck McGinn
Crystal Celeste Grant
as Walanda Jenkins
Alex Anfanger
as Lawrence Reitzer
Crystal Grant
as Walanda Jenkins
Malik Yoba
as Will Drucker
Andrew Shaifer
as Mr. Stratton
Julie Bowen
as Principal Weller
Nicole Richie
as Kelly Stepford
Adam Arkin
as Ed Mumsford
George Wendt
as Coach Thompson
Rosanna Arquette
as Abby Pratt
Elizabeth Perkins
as Sondra Carmichael
Charles Shaughnessy
as Sgt. Carmichael
W. Earl Brown
as Boss McGinn
Kim Coles
as Loretta Jenkins
Genevieve Cortese
as Ashley Harris
Samantha Mathis
as Jennifer Rose
Jeff Chase
as Coach Fasso
Leila Charles Leigh
as Jane Jordan
Damien Luvara
as Rick Gracia
Steven Rosenbaum
as Security Guard
Marcella Lentz-Pop
as Elizabeth Goings
Matthew Brent
as Nat French
Raymond Braun
as Teenage Stanley
Rakefet Abergel
as Goth Kid
Rosalie Ward
as Monica Rose
Amy Hill
as Mrs. Young
Ron Perkins
as Murray Rietzer
Derek Webster
as Police Officer #1
Eamon Roache
as Police Officer #2
Mary Strong
as Reporter #1
Derrick Jones
as Reporter #2
Suzanne Krull
as Reporter #3
Steve Kim
as Guitarist
Michael Tubbs
as Guitarist
Johnny Estes
as Guitarist
Charlie Paxson
as Drummer
Jimmy Messer
as Guitarist
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Critic Reviews for Kids in America

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

What a wasted opportunity.

October 24, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Would be easier to root for if it weren't so very pleased with itself.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Top Critic

A feeble call to arms, and inept entertainment to boot.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

While a title card at the beginning of the picture says the story is inspired by true events, it really should read, 'Inspired by another film.'

October 21, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Filmmaker Josh Stolberg claims to have been inspired by real-life events, but mostly he ineptly rips off other movies and wastes a cast that includes Rosanna Arquette, Adam Arkin and Elizabeth Perkins.

October 21, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

You get the exhausting feeling that Stolberg is desperately trying to prove how cool he is.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kids in America


This movie takes a light and funny approach to a real concern in some high schools - principals and teachers that run their schools with a political agenda. The cast was great and the story was definitely good to watch once.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

It had a lot of potential to be way better than it was, although I still think it's a pretty good movie to watch. It has funny moments, but needed to develop the plot more.

Michael Verini
Michael Verini

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 roy
Alex roy

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