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The characters look like they don't shower and rubbed the negatives on their greasy hair. Spoiler alert: it's a horror movie if you're a parent of a teenaged girl.
Wear condoms to prevent kids.
Larry Clark's nightmarish indie coming of age drama Kids (1995) is one of the most messed up movies ever filmed. Clark takes grounded indie direction in adapting Harmony Korine's brutal and traumatizing script with vivid detail. Kids should come with a warning that says do not watch as you will wish you could forget Kids.
Clark's direction uses stark close-ups, long takes, and blunt movement to keep you on edge throughout the entirety of Kids. Clark's near documentary style of direction is what holds Kids together as a disgusting depiction of the filthiest children among us. Unfortunately, Kids rings true.
Although Kids is directed by Larry Clark, Kids is certainly Harmony Korine's project. Korine wrote Kids when he was only 19 bringing a sense of genuine authenticity to his writing. Korine's dialogue is accurate to how kids talked in the middle of the 1990's and addresses many rising concerns of the time. Korine brings unflattering light upon the harsh reality of kids and teenagers in the 1990's growing up addicted to drugs, having underage unprotected, contracting sexually transmitted diseases, even surrounded by rape. Harmony Korine is practically begging kids to use condoms and practice safe sex, but he accomplishes this with a sincere look at how these adolescents actually talk, act, and think all in the moment.
The score from Dinosaur Jr.'s own Lou Barlow is blistering alternative and indie rock music that fits the brutal tone and wild gritty aesthetic of Kids. The soundtrack is filled with moody jazz, dark hip hop, and exhilarating alternative rock. Kids will hold you attention no matter what.
Chloe Sevigny is unforgettable as Jennie. Her quiet and shy demeanor covers a thoughtful personality and a hurt persona. Sevigny is really the only redeemable character in Kids, therefore, I'm going to call her the hero. Sevigny represents every teenage girl ever victimized and used by scum soaked teenage boys with no morals. Kids is difficult to watch as you must endure Sevigny suffering on screen with worry and worse. She is remarkably deep and expressive for such a young actress.
On the other hand, I am repulsed by the horrendous and disturbing performances from Leo Fitzpatrick and Justin Pierce. They play the most despicable characters I may have ever seen in a movie. Their reckless abandon leave a trail of pain that they do not even know about or care. Fitzpatrick is haunting as the near sociopath Telly. He roves around New York creeping for underage virgins to deflower. His sick fetish leads to unexpected consequences that are exponentially horrifying as you think about them. Similarly, Pierce's character Casper is so depraved that he merely starts out addicted, drunk, stealing, and assaulting, then moves onto the gross and shocking conclusion to Kids. Casper's rape of Jennie is so sudden and elongated that you are left broken and scarred by Kids, especially with the knowledge that their unprotected sex as well as Telly's final encounter will surely result in HIV and AIDS. I have to hand it to Fitzpatrick and Pierce for making their characters the most revolting young men in cinema.
I must mention Rosario Dawson's fun character Ruby. She is really energetic and carries a charisma all her own in Kids. I liked Harmony Korine's cameo as the drug dealing Fidget with Coca-Cola bottle glasses and a carefree manner.
All in all, Kids is one of the most notorious films ever made as it features every grotesque aspect of society all in one film. I find it so close to child pornography that Kids is deplorable on the surface, but well intentioned in its parable for safe sex. Kids certainly earns its NC-17 rating. Kids is hard to watch, but feels provocative and important. It's not just a little indie drama, but a calling of the youth's problems in a reflective unavoidable way.
Groundbreaking film that shocked the country when it first came out... Larry Clark is mad creepy though
Simply the strongest most powerful movie about HIV and youth sex and relations to date
I jerked off to this movie
The best movie character ever portrayed: Leo Fitzpatrick as Telly!
Kids does not address its delicate themes with the honesty and sensibility it deserves, proving to be more of an erotic reality show than a piece of art.
Garbage movie. Pornography and nasty ass shit. You can't actually like this can you. Biggest 1 hour and 26 minute waste.
Kids is an eye opening drama which can be real/scary at times. I can see why a lot of people think this is a controversial film, but i respect larry clark for showing how brutal teenage life can be. Some great acting on show here and a great soundtrack too.
Intense. Vibrant. Disturbing. Kids shook the cinema landscape and rightly so.