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Kids (1995)



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Telly is a New York teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted.
NC17 (N/A)
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Shining Excalibur Pictures


Justin Pierce
as Casper
Sarah Henderson
as Girl No. 1
Harold Hunter
as Harold
Louie Louie
as Kid in Park
Joseph Knofelmacher
as Taxi Driver
Ronald Hunter
as Kid in Park
Jon Abrahams
as Steven
Joseph Chan
as Ball Owner
Jonathan S. Kim
as Korean Guy
Lisa Acevedo
as Girl At Party
Adriane Brown
as Little Girl
Rich Arbitelle
as Kid In Park
Raymond Batista
as Legless Man
Nuri Bell
as Kid In Park
Peter Bici
as Kid In Park
Christian Bruna
as Christian
John Dean
as Kid In Park
Corina Deleon
as Girl At Party
Deborah Draper
as Ruby's Nurse
Giovanni Estevez
as Kid In Park
Francine Fuertes
as Jennie's Nurse
Alex Glen
as Alex
Jim Gordy
as Kid In Park
Karyn Grupski
as Kid In Park
Hamilton Harris
as Hamilton
Dr. Henry Anderson
as Rasta Drug Dealer
Mike Hernandez
as Kid In Park
Julie Ho
as Tamara
Jason Iconstanti
as Kid From Jersey
Johanna Ignatov
as Singing Woman
as Kid In Park
Alexandra Karabell
as Kid From Jersey
Jonathan Staci Kim
as Korean Guy
Joseph Knopfelmacher
as Taxi Driver
Avi Koren
as Fidget
Jimmy Lalputan
as Kid In Park
Lila Lee
as Girl At Party
Darice Liguidi
as Kid From Jersey
Carl Ly-Min
as Security Guard
Regina Mei
as Girl At Party
Amy Moy
as Girl At Party
Frank Natiello
as Kid In Park
Thierry Oddo
as Kid In Park
Jeff Pang
as Jeff
Medwin Pang
as Kid In Park
Eddie Peel
as Kid In Park
John Perez
as Kid In Park
Daniel Phillips
as Kid In Park
Scot Schwartz
as Bennie
Ryan Sikorski
as Kid In Park
Jeff Simmons
as Kid In Park
Gerry Smith
as Gerry
Billy Solomon
as Dancing Boy
Christiana Stebe-Glorius
as Telly's Little Brother
Julie Stebe-Glorius
as Telly's Mom
Jamie Story
as Kid In Park
Billy Valdes
as Stanly
Beth Weinstein
as Kid From Jersey
Alan Wise
as Accordion Player
Suzanne Wood
as Girl At Party
Walter Youngblood
as "Jungle Fever" Couple
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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (8)

Frightening, frank and serious, a wake-up call to the world.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

None of the advance hype on Kids can prepare you for the raw, stripped-down reality that Larry Clark captures in his astonishing first film.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Kids is the kind of movie that needs to be talked about afterward.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ostensibly about the banality of youthful evil, Kids is simply about its own banality.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Kids, a disturbingly voyeuristic look at adolescent promiscuity, is virtually child pornography disguised as a cautionary documentary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Kids shows what transpires when children are set adrift in a heartless world, and warns us what happens -- and is already happening -- in the absence of love and guidance.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kids

Heavy and shocking, Kids is a portrait of the mentality, and social behavior from New York City teenagers in the beginning of the 90's. With a bold screenplay by Korine, just like the Clark's direction, this film presents a strong subject, that it's to be reflected and discussed by all society. The unknown actors and they outstanding performances are terrific, what make the movie more realistic. Some critics say that Kids is pure pornography and pedophilia. But the thing is, the strong scenes and the language are unfortunately the real true about some teens, not just of New York suburb, but also of whole world. Kids, is not a film easy to watch, especially for the views too sentient. But is very good to know the dark side of the adolescent sexuality, drugs, culture situation, the beginning of AIDS in the cult pop, AIDS transmission, sex experience talk and much more. An contoversial picture, very recommentable and present. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Like a car accident that you can't avert your eyes from, this is an unsettling display of sociopathy and delinquency on the part of a group of hateful, repellent teens, though it almost works as a relevant social commentary on adolescence and AIDS. I said almost.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

In the nineties there was definitely a place for this kind of movie; shocking because it was obviously a true portrayal of what youth culture can be responsible for. It talked about sex, drugs, AIDS, street violence, and rape without a blink of the eye, showing a gritty world we all choose to ignore. For all those reasons, this is an indie classic that still upends social norms and draws attention to the perverse lives of teenagers. Still, in this day and age most people, after watching this, would say "I've seen worse." It may be atrocious, but there are still way worse things in films today than twenty years ago. What Harmony Korine and Larry Clark do get right are the characterizations of the teenagers, and what they say and do. The mannerisms of Telly, Casper, and Jenny are all spot on and really show the deep emotional complexities of the characters. For that reason this film still resonates for a lot of people, because we see kids doing questionable things, all the while victimizing themselves. For that reason this film is a good time capsule of skateboarding culture, but also a film that really draws out characters, and shows the vulnerability of kids.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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