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September 15, 2016
In this movie, kids destroy themselves with alcohol, drugs and unprotected sex. I'd like to smash each and every one of them in the head with a frying pan. You'll come to the conclusion that if these characters in anyway represent a small portion of what kids are doing these days, humanity is doomed. 3 stars.
September 4, 2016
This movie succeeds in being sadder and more retarded than the reality it tries to depict.
½ August 11, 2016
NC-17 rating aside the acting in this film is something that cannot be dismissed. This should be required viewing in High Schools across America (we watched October Sky). It's like everybody expects the world to be a series of cheeky Saved By the Bell cliches but it's really a lot more like Degrassi. This film shows how gritty and savage the world can be; and here in this turn of the century urban inner city setting, actually is. It's violent, it's sad, it's real and this film will make those weak at heart; sick to the stomach.
August 2, 2016
Your trying to avoid being throne in a jail cell with Jared Fogle when you watch this. It's a very ambitious project and a very...interesting plot but it's just all yuck. I don't wanna see kids doing this crap. I know it happens but really? Really? The acting is pretty good for kid actors ans Rosario Dawson was brought into the acting spotlight and would later go on to do rent. Other wise it's just yuck.
July 25, 2016
Relatable to a teenager living an urban lifestyle
½ July 22, 2016
"Kids" is a hard movie to put my finger on. It left me with mixed feelings, emotions, and a slew of questions: (Is this exploitation? Is this art? Is it really as provocative as its reputation suggests?). Regardless, Larry Clark's raw and compelling images bring this one of kind coming-of-age tale of unsupervised youth to graphic life.
June 8, 2016
Wow! I didn't have that kind of teenage years, lol! Good for me though! Watch your language kids! I just hated the end, but I guess it was perfect for that kind of "open your eyes" film!
Wow, on était loin de mon adolescence mais c'est une bonne chose! Et surveillez votre langage les enfants! J'ai détesté la fin de ce film, mais je crois qu'elle était tout de même appropriée car elle permettait de nous ouvrir les yeux.
March 13, 2016
Like Larry Clarke's other film 'Bully', its a detailed and uncompromising documentation
Super Reviewer
March 10, 2016
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.
January 3, 2016
Penned by Harmony Korine at the age of 19 and directed by Larry Clark, Kids is one of the most realistic movies about teenage life that you'll probably ever see. Out go all the suburbanite clique tropes that riddled 80s teen comedies; Kids comes along and bitch slaps the John Hughes out of your expectations within the first scene.

The film follows the misadventures of a group of 15-ish New York City types and their standard adventures: drinking 40s, skateboarding, talking about sex, trying to have sex, smoking blunts, and partying. Telly and Casper play the two male leads, with the former obsessed with devirginizing any 12/13 year old girl he can get his hands on, and the latter trying to get laid by anyone (mostly unsuccessfully) and getting fucked up on drugs for something to do instead.

Over in the female lead corner, the now famous Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson play two best friends who discover that Chloe's character has contracted HIV from Telly. The remainder of the film involves Chloe trying to track Telly down in pre ubiquitous cell phone New York, while Telly and Casper chill and party around town.

When this film came out it received an NC-17 rating, which is funny because a lot of the typical behavior shown in the movie centers around characters a couple of years younger than that. Nevertheless, the film was a success, earning almost 15 times its budget back at the box office. It has also since gone on to become a cult favorite, and its not hard to see why. The film doesn't treat kids like choir boys, and it doesn't treat them as idiots. The film could have been reshot with a bunch of 20 year old college students, and been equally relevant, and that scares the ankle-length skirts off the old crones rating these films and ruins their utopian perception of children everywhere.

Kids is known for a handful of memorable scenes, some very quotable dialogue, extremely natural acting, a cinema verite approach to shooting, sets that are all on location, and its overall presentation. Ultimately, what makes Kids a success is it doesn't try to bullshit you. There's no attempts to shock you with the actors day-to-day lives; it's just showing you a scene from real life and offering you the option to go fuck yourself if it offends you.

TL;DR - 8/10
Kids is probably the best teenage movie ever made. It should be required watching in school for its honest portrayal of drug use, sex, and the dangers apparent when combining the two. It's also generally a really good film, so give it a watch if you haven't already.
½ January 2, 2016
Larry Clark, un fotógrafo obsesionado con el mundo adolescente, dirige una durísima y cruda película que parece la antítesis de "Peanuts". A diferencia de Charlie Brown y sus amigos, aquí vemos las verdaderas consecuencias de la ausencia paternal. Podría decirse que "Kids" es una actualización de la cinta de Luis Buñuel "Los Olvidados" (inclusive hay una escena referida explícitamente a esa película). De todas formas, "KIds" es una cinta que importa: es una denuncia a una sociedad donde ya no hay amor, donde todo lo que importa es hedonismo y anestesia y donde las palabras se usan para herir y para dominar. Esa sociedad de la que habla "Kids", es la nuestra.
December 15, 2015
It was designed to shock you. I wasn't shocked because me and my friends were pretty much the kids in the movie, so it's was pretty boring.
½ December 10, 2015
Definitely a tough watch, showing kids (and actual kid actors not 20 somethings) doing some pretty awful things during the course of a day, they steal, they beat people up, and the boys treat girl like shit, with the main one sadly obtaining HIV from a boy, Chloe Sevigny is really good as that girl, also her first starring role, Dawson is good too also in her film debut, tho maybe not as deep of a role, what makes it ultimately depressing is the lack of hope, nothing ever is gonna change and things are always gonna be this pathetic and hopeless and there's no point in trying
Super Reviewer
½ December 3, 2015
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.
November 27, 2015
kinda fcked up for a 90's movie
October 12, 2015
Literally one of the most intriguing & "wtf" films that I had ever seen... everyone should see this film at least once.
½ September 3, 2015
The definition of exploitation. It makes you uncomfortable not because of the subject, but the subjugation of the actors.
August 21, 2015
Great story packed with irredeemable dirtbags with Chloe sevngy and Rosario Dawson
August 14, 2015
Real depiction of teenager life. Their view on sex, drugs and again sex. What makes this movie specific is being so simple, not any direct messages or unexpected ending like great movies, but so simple and nothing added. It was director's view also made movie of documentary style.
Scenes of teens' view of sex, comparison of having sex from gender's angle; Ruby and Jennie's HIV results; Telly's "philosophy" on road with Casper are quintessential.
Movie can also be noted its vocabulary- Telly's artificial word "diss digg'' and using the verb "devirginize"; other slang-like words including phat, stoods, lasso is distinctive.
Unique characteristics makes this movie cult following
August 7, 2015
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.
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