Adulthood

2008

Adulthood

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Two years after director Menhaj Huda offered an unflinching look at the lives of troubled London youth in Kidulthood, that film's screenwriter and star Noel Clarke steps up to the challenge of directing for this sequel that finds Sam Peel struggling to stop the cycle of violence that nearly destroyed his life. Sam (Clarke) has just served six years for killing Trife, and now he's a free man. But life isn't any easier for Sam on the outside than it was on the inside, because out on the streets he is forced to confront the people he hurt on a daily basis. Some of those people have decided to move on with their lives, but others don't have that luxury. Now, as Sam begins to come to grips with his sorrow and guilt, he is surprised to discover that a new generation of bad boys is out for bloody revenge. Years ago, Trife had tried to warn Sam that he should stop the violence before it's too late. Today it's Sam's duty to try and get that message across and prevent the kids on the streets from throwing their lives away for a skewed sense of honor that doesn't even really exist. Hopefully, for both Sam and the next generation, the kids of today will be more receptive to that message than he once was.

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Critic Reviews for Adulthood

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  • Thesping is a bit rough in places, but of a piece with the film's shouty, in-your-face style, though Clarke himself gives a powerful performance...and keeps up that pic's frenetic split-screen and popvid rhythms.

    Jul 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for Adulthood

  • Jan 14, 2016
    A good sequel but very predictable and not as gritty as the first plus the fact that they made the bad guy from the first the main star didn't work that well for me as it was hard to root for him.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2011
    A good fo[low up to the first film Kidulthood, set 6 years later with Sam being released from prison. It's not quite as dramatic as the first, but still a good film. Nice to see the majority of the same cast, made 3 years after the first, now looking a bit older. This film centers around Sam mainly. Some might find the slang a bit too quick, hard to understand......but a lot of young boys do sound like that in London! A good film dealing with revenge and growing up and showing that violence wont get you anywhere.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2010
    Sequel to 'Kidulthood' that I saw recently. I thought that this was a worthy sequel although the plot in the original is better. The acting is still good and the film is still brutal and gritty but the spark that made the first film so engrossing seems to be lacking somewhat. But if you loved 'Kidulthood' the definitely see this it is just that it may not leave you feeling the same as the original did.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2009
    Worthy followup to kidulthood which continues its themes and offers a creditable redemption for the lead.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer

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