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Needless banter for 90 minutes
written by MMcIntyre February 28, 2006 - 5:44 PM PST
0 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A truley uneeded film in any day an age-I remember reading a write up at the time of release seeing the phrase-"The nineties answer to Blackboard Jungle" and "A thinking mans' rebel without a cause"-How dow they-Total piece a vulgar crapola

A no-holds unbarred look at contemporary youth
written by jarbomb July 17, 2004 - 1:18 AM PDT
6 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I'll keep the review short on this one...

I disagree with the previous reviewer. Many of you may have found this film to be explicit, but the fact of the matter is that Larry Clark's film is a fairly accurate portrayal of urban youth in contemporary society, at least from one point of view. As shocking as it may seem, some kids really DO only exist for drugs, sex, and booze. Many are naive and insecure, just like the characters in here. They live Epicurean lifestyles, with no goals in mind or future in sight. The themes of belongingness, of group mentality, of feeling accepted, of rebellion are all present. This film may have lacked a plot but that's not really what this is about.

I admire Larry's courage to create films that push the limits of controversy and what's considered "appropriate." Quite simply, being a kid nowadays is not PG-13. Now... keep in mind that not all teens are hooligans, but don't tell me that these sort of scenarios don't happen: unprotected sex, rape, drug abuse, binge drinking, etc.

I found this film to be intelligent, engrossing, and unflinchingly real. Great dialogue and genuine "acting" (if you can call it that) by the main characters. Also, I enjoyed searching for those hidden messages Kids made concerning gender roles.

As an added perk, the music selection is fantastic! Unique mix of primarily Indie Rock and urban Hip Hop.

If you enjoyed Kids I highly recommend Bully, also directed by Larry Clark.

written by stypee May 6, 2004 - 10:29 PM PDT
8 out of 19 members found this review helpful
Larry Clark is a hard director to digest as is screenwriter Harminoy Korione. While his recent effort "Ken Park" has no shame and takes no prisoners, it had some sort of base that showed the collapse of our present generation (pointing out once again, not all kids are bad, just noting "Ken Park" is one sick flick) I find "KIDS" an extremely nasty and cruel 90 minutes of unnecessary mayhem.This film almost grants "Ken Park's" frank and explicit sex scenes a waiver.

"KIDS" requires no thinking, it's sex, drugs and hip-hop. It's central subject matter would likely be "where the hell are these kid's parents?"
What the film does is take an endless stream of characters, tosses them in a blender and leaves very little arch to any of their back-stories.

"KIDS" is purely exploitation and there is nothing funny or entertaining about it (neither is "Ken Park" but that had substance). Endless scenes of explicit sexual talk and behavior, parties, booze, pissing and 9 year olds smoking weed while conversing about it like seasoned professionals.

It attempts to have a point when one of the kids gets infected with HIV and hops from virgin to virgin spreading the disease. He has no idea he's got it but his ex does and she has to find him.

There is no real conclusion to this film, there's no purpose for it. What it gains in shock value it loses in substance. None of these "KIDS" are at all likable and quite frankly, I didn't want to like any one of them.

Ironically Gus Van Sant (writer,editor,director of the outstanding ELEPHANT) executive produced this disposable piece of garbage. Perhaps he thought it was a good idea before that "Psycho" re-make?

We all know that there are kids out there like this (unfortunately there maybe more like these than others), we'd be in a bubble to deny it. But to create a film that literally urinates on an already blurred and disoriented youth just fuels the fire. Just knowing that KIDS are watching and discovering this film bugs me. This is one piece of celluloid that manipulates very easily and it shouldn't even be a model to the youth of any generation.

"KIDS" will leave you disgusted, bitter and spit all over you.


(Average 6.23)
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