Kids in America (2005)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Average Rating: 4/10
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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,
Oct 21, 2005 Limited
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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.'
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.
You get the exhausting feeling that Stolberg is desperately trying to prove how cool he is.
boy, does it kick goals! There's some real fun to be had here
The cast keeps it watchable, but it's not a flick you'll remember for more than 45 minutes.
Even after 18 years of seeing every movie that plays here, I'm still surprised by some films. I even gave this one conflicting ratings.
Why did anyone bother making a teen movie after Heathers? No, really, why?
For sheer nerve, I give it full marks, even if it can't quite overcome its limitations in other areas.
(They) let their political agenda blunt the laughs, or, conversely, let their comedic inclinations dilute the film's social message.
Leaving the expression of 17 year-olds to the care of 35 year-old men is a good pathway to mediocrity, and a sure promise of insufferable, bogus screenwriting.
occasionally approaches a provocative topic... only to scurry back into the safety zone of slapstick and put-downs.
The screenplay tries to shake too many trees and ends up preaching - stabbing at straw men rather than taking the time to investigate problems with the education system.
It's baffling how a movie that cries on the behalf of idealistic, misunderstood teenagers could portray its heroes so one-dimensionally and anyone on the opposite side as a ruthless Neanderthal.
Makes the mistake of thinking it's a lot funnier and a lot more clever than it actually is.
'Rock 'n' Roll High School' rejiggered for idealists, with the youngsters mobilizing for gay rights and freedom of speech instead of sneaking off to the Ramones.
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