Kids in America Reviews

  • Jan 18, 2021

    Cover looks like a generic teen comedy, and while there are a few aspects of that, this is based on true events of a high school in Florida who's principal was expelling and suspending students at will for expressing themselves. Sure the movie version is made to be funny, but at the heart of it is just teens wanting to be themselves. Decent movie and message. Stars Gregory Smith and Julie Bowen.

    Cover looks like a generic teen comedy, and while there are a few aspects of that, this is based on true events of a high school in Florida who's principal was expelling and suspending students at will for expressing themselves. Sure the movie version is made to be funny, but at the heart of it is just teens wanting to be themselves. Decent movie and message. Stars Gregory Smith and Julie Bowen.

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    Todd S Super Reviewer
    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.

    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.

  • Apr 24, 2017

    This film is painful. From acting, stereotypes, to music, etc. Very dated, has not aged well. Thinks it's a lot cooler and smarter than it is. SKIP!

    This film is painful. From acting, stereotypes, to music, etc. Very dated, has not aged well. Thinks it's a lot cooler and smarter than it is. SKIP!

  • Apr 25, 2013

    with better acting this could've been a decent film, but maybe that's not what the director was aiming for

    with better acting this could've been a decent film, but maybe that's not what the director was aiming for

  • Aug 18, 2012

    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.

    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.

  • Mar 19, 2012

    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.

    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.

  • Jan 11, 2012

    It contains the MASSAGE. It's good to see someday.

    It contains the MASSAGE. It's good to see someday.

  • Oct 24, 2011

    It's raw, fresh, and some of these actors look too old to play teens in yet another cliche.

    It's raw, fresh, and some of these actors look too old to play teens in yet another cliche.

  • Sep 05, 2011

    When the credits start to roll does this movie hit home. Plus I noticed the movie Easy A bit the closing sceen sequence.

    When the credits start to roll does this movie hit home. Plus I noticed the movie Easy A bit the closing sceen sequence.

  • Aug 22, 2011

    A good, slightly thought provoking film that will give teenagers another reason to 'fight the power' at school. 'Inspired' rather than 'based' on true events is an accurate description of this film, as it can't quite decide whether to be serious or give into teen-popcorn-dom. Its message of freedom of speech is at times hyped up and made as much of a spectacle as its stereotypical characters, who unrealistically decide to band together. Although the impetus is documentary the theme is at times muddied with over idealization of fictional film which is used to further a romantic subplot. Journalism is touched on but social upheaval and protest is literally given the stage. The film however does illustrate the intelligence of the characters and of non violent protest but is ultimately watered down with artistic licence and the avoidance of rebuke for provoking or persuading young viewers to copy the film. As a whole this film is good but the feeling I got from it was: this movie is true-ish, what they did was right kinda, we're not saying that you should do this too, but hey its enjoyable right! Which is downright hypocritical considering the plot.

    A good, slightly thought provoking film that will give teenagers another reason to 'fight the power' at school. 'Inspired' rather than 'based' on true events is an accurate description of this film, as it can't quite decide whether to be serious or give into teen-popcorn-dom. Its message of freedom of speech is at times hyped up and made as much of a spectacle as its stereotypical characters, who unrealistically decide to band together. Although the impetus is documentary the theme is at times muddied with over idealization of fictional film which is used to further a romantic subplot. Journalism is touched on but social upheaval and protest is literally given the stage. The film however does illustrate the intelligence of the characters and of non violent protest but is ultimately watered down with artistic licence and the avoidance of rebuke for provoking or persuading young viewers to copy the film. As a whole this film is good but the feeling I got from it was: this movie is true-ish, what they did was right kinda, we're not saying that you should do this too, but hey its enjoyable right! Which is downright hypocritical considering the plot.