Billy the Kid

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Jennifer Venditti's doc Billy the Kid turns "special" into a double edged sword, forging a sharply honest film around a strangely enigmatic -- if awkward -- kid named Billy.

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Filmmaker Jennifer Venditti follows a teenager from a small town in Maine as he grapples with the challenges of adolescence.

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Bob Alexander
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Lubov Azria
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Barnet Liberman
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Donald Eric Cumming
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Michael Levine
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Guy Blakeslee
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Critic Reviews for Billy the Kid

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  • Nov 11, 2010
    it's basically a documentary about a 15 yrs old teenage kid. but there's more than just that. It captures the real life situation that most teenager have to face.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2009
    Very sweet and endearing documentary with a great subject. I think anyone can relate with the awkwardness. My problem comes with how they dealt with one aspect of his life (his love for a girl) and we only gets bits and pieces of some really nice scenes. I think that to say this kid is "normal" is kind of a stretch, but that's not a bad thing and only adds to a feeling of being voyeuristic instead of just connecting with the subject. There are some priceless, very funny moments that carry you through the rough spots.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2009
    Get ready to cringe uncomfortably as you get to experience those awful, awkward teen years all over again. God, 15 was a tough age. Billy, the subject of this fantastic documentary, may be a tad strange and angst ridden (what teen isn't?) but all in all he's a sweet kid with a weird way of expressing himself. The moments when he's trying to strike up conversation with Heather, the girl he has a crush on, should have folks running out of the theater screaming. This is uncomfortable viewing. But in the end, the audience is right there with him, suffering his failures and feeling his sadness. A great documentary, and make sure to watch the short follow up doc included on the DVD.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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