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Powerful and passionate colorful & compelling kids is 24 hours in the lives of a group of contemporary teenagers who like all teenagers believe they are invincible. The kids at the core of the story are just that teenagers living in the urban melee of modern-day america. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/25/2004 Starring: Chloe Sevigny Justin Pierce Run time: 91 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Larry Clark

Larry Clark's controversial film about New York City adolescents walking the AIDS tightrope is also an unblinking look at the dehumanizing rituals of growing up. But it really doesn't add up to more than the sum of its various shocks--virgin busting, skinny-dipping, male callousness--overlayed with middle-class disapproval. Clark is hectoring us for cutting kids loose at a terrible time in modern American history, but so are a lot of other people, who also offer alternatives and ideas. The film does nothing to push us toward new thoughts, new solutions, new dreams. It is more like a window onto our worst fantasies about what our children are doing out there on the streets. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Is there more
    The movie was incredible! The actors did a bang up job and everything fell perfectly into place but my only small concern was that I heard a lot of awesome music in the movie but NONE of it was on the soundtrack....more info
  • Disturbing & Painfully Accurate
    As much as this movie may disturb it's audience, it's a painful reality of the world we live in today. I watched this film for the first time a few years ago, and I truly forgot how disturbing it was. I recently watched a TV show that mentioned it and I decided to buy it, and give it another shot. I definitely think a few years made a huge difference because the next time I watched it, although still disturbing, I realized what a powerful, and painful film KIDS is.
    This is a movie that is definitely not for young children. It is very graphic, and the constant reminder that the characters are in fact, Kids, is at times very off-putting and upsetting. However, it is an accurate depiction of how over-sexualized teens & young teens are today. It is a true testament of our society today. This movie deals with various issues like drug use, violence, STDs, AIDs, and even rape.
    KIDS is a painful, but amazing movie.
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  • Not as bad as I thought it would be
    Even though this film wasn't as graphic as I had feared it is still very disturbing and uncomfortable to watch. I think that is to be expected of any film that begins with a rape and ends on a double rape. However the film has good things going for it. It has an important message about safe sex that while the delivery is sometimes questionable the lesson is very important. It also features amazing performances by its young cast which includes Leo Fitzpatrick, Chloe Sevigny, and Rosario Dawson making their film debuts. Taking place in New York during one hot summer day the film focuses on two groups of teens. Telly (Fitzpatrick) who dubs himself "the virgin surgeon" is sharing the graphic details of his latest conquest with his best friend Casper (Justin Pierce). The language in this film is more than vulgar it is disgusting and in terrible taste. Casper jokes about his cousin having rough sex with a handicapped girl at one point. Telly makes it his duty to devirginize as many girls as will allow it. On this particular day he is making it his mission to achieve the impossible : sex with two virgins in one day. He already has his next victim picked out and she happens to be the younger sister of one of Telly's and Casper's friends. As Telly and Casper wander the streets stealing, drinking, and doing drugs on the other side of town Jenny (Chloe Sevigny) is receiving life changing news. Jenny accompanies her best friend Ruby (Rosario Dawson) to the clinic where both girls get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Ruby has had sex with at least nine guys often without protection whereas Jenny has only slept with Telly over a year ago. Ruby passes with a clean bill of health while Jenny tests positive for HIV. Jenny is devastated and makes it her mission to track down Telly and tell him the bad news before he can infect anyone else. (At this point Dawson disappears from the film.) The film is shocking for showing kids as young as twelve or thirteen smoking, taking hits from pipes, drinking, and engaging in sex. There is also a scene in the park where a large group of kids are buying grass and Casper has a run in with a black man. At the slightest hint of a threat Casper and at least ten other kids jump this guy and beat the hell out of him. The film is full of shocking and disturbing moments like this and director Larry Clark just lets the camera roll for an unbearable amount of time. It goes over the line many times and is often too much to handle but it is admittedly well made and very well acted. When it came out in '95 it may have been a "wake up call" as critics put it but with all of the reality t.v. and other films focusing on teens that came after it it feels somewhat tame. There aren't many new revelations in terms of teens who aren't holding back when it comes to experimenting with sex or drugs. The film shows how easily manipulated and pressured teens are by their friends and how serious this can be if they suffer from low self esteem. It is a well made and disturbing film that is worth seeing at least once....more info
  • 3 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Kids can be difficult to watch at times, but it's not exploitative and offers a searing look at the ennui of modern youth as only Larry Clark can deliver....more info
  • Real life Movie!!!
    I watched this movie years ago and thought it would be best to purchase it. This movie is a wake up call for parents and young adults. There is a lot of vulgar language used in this movie but when you understand what the movie is all about then you will see why the language is used. If you are not from a urban city then you will not be able to understand the mindset behind this movie. This movie is not for kids despite the title of the movie.

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  • Horrible
    I am only 14 years old. I would think that a movie like this would have an impact on someone my age. It didnt. It nearly put me to sleep. It was the biggest waste of money in my life. I just bought it today and am throwing it away today also.

    All this movie offers is an inaccurate portrait or teens, and the story of a group of moron teenagers who thinks its cool to be going around drinking, smoking, engaging in brutal fights with people and other acts of vandalism, having sex with girls between the age of 12 and 15, and stealing from their parents.

    This was a huge waste of an hour and a half. I only gave this movie 1 star because amazon doesn't allow me to give it 0.

    If you are looking for a movie that offers the story of troubled teens, and is GOOD, Thirteen is the movie you wanna watch....more info
  • A raw and Rough film which hits home for a lot of kids
    When i first heard about this film it was only after i had watched Larry Clark's "Bully" which by the way is a great movie as well. the thing that makes Kids such a great movie is that there are no special effects. its just a real story about kids living in New York. Its so sad and deppressing that you dont want to watch but you do watch because you cant get enough. its raw and rough and leaves no rock unturned graphic wise, if you have not seen this film please do. its a film worth remembering. and if you like and other films by Larry Clark then you will love this film as well....more info
  • Shows the real world our kids live
    This film shows clearly what most people try to hide or ignore: our kids are living their lifes without any sense of morality. Some would say this movie is not a picture of what is goinging on our streets, but they have to face it, it is!...more info
  • Raw. Like watching a documentary on a different species
    My pets behave better than this. And yet, this is what kids are doing. This is not an exaggeration or a class statement; these are real kids in real neighborhoods strolling the streets with no moral direction.

    It really was almost like watching a documentary on a primate species, how the males and females gather in separate groups to chirp and chatter at each other until it's mating season. Then they all get together in a big pile and have at it with whoever is handiest.

    The plot? A day in the life of aimless kids: virgin conquests, shoplifting, public urinating, drinking, smoking, getting high, breaking into a pool for a skinny dip, street fighting (complete with a brutal, perhaps deadly beating for a simple transgression), raves, public fornication, and one girl's discovery that she has AIDS.

    There are two scenes that stand out in the movie, the first being when Telly briefly comes home, and his mother is sitting on her hinder, smoking, nursing her new baby, and watching TV. She barely notices Telly is in the room, except to tell him to be quiet so he wouldn't wake the baby. Parenting at its very worst, and you just know that little baby will grow up the same as Telly.

    The second is the scene where Casper wakes up after the party. He moves from the tub he passed out in, past his friend who is unconscious over the toilet, to the kitchen where he immediately drains the dregs of the leftover beer bottles and lights a cigarette. He then goes on to take advantage of a girl who is passed out. Wow. Another morning in hell.

    Larry Clark has done pretty well with Kids, though his work with 'Bully' was better, smoother, less raw while still being on the cutting edge. The performances from Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly), Justin Pierce (Casper), Chloe Sevigny (Jennie), and Rosario Dawson (Ruby) are more than acceptable. Clark certainly has a talent for bringing teenage angst and degradation to the screen, and for using brutal scenes to hone his dagger of truth home to those brave enough to watch his films. Enjoy!
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  • Wish I had seen this movie as a teen
    I was 14 when this movie came out, and I didn't want to rent it at home with my parents, so I never saw it until now, 10 years after the release. I wish I had seen it when I was the age of those portrayed. I grew up in suburbia, but there were skeezy guys even there who cared more about scoring than about a girl's life. All kids should watch this, especially girls, so they know what they're up against. The "coolest guy on the block" could actually me the most disgusting and someone you should avoid at all costs.

    This is an exceptionally bleak portrait, and it isn't representative of all of America's youth. It was eye opening to see what a lack of purpose and direction these urban youths had, how they had nothing to lose, even at age 12 or 13, nothing to look forward to. I recommend this movie to everyone at least once....more info
  • Real life Movie!!!
    I watched this movie years ago and thought it would be best to purchase it. This movie is a wake up call for parents and young adults. There is a lot of vulgar language used in this movie but when you understand what the movie is all about then you will see why the language is used. If you are not from a urban city then you will not be able to understand the mindset behind this movie. This movie is not for kids despite the title of the movie.

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  • A definate good choice
    I saw the movie suggested on a Behavioral Health Site, to see what children actually do when they are in the city and don't have many activities to do for school, sports, etc. I took this movie as a way to see kids grow in there element. I would suggest this movie to anyone, it was a great movie. Yes it could be considered controversial, but I considered it a documentary that was a great A+ Production. ...more info
  • "When your young, nothing matters. When you find something you care about, that's all you got."
    Kids is the story of unrestrained teenagers living in the grim atmosphere of poverty-stricken New York in the 90s and their empty, morally wayward lives. It's a controversial movie, featuring extremely graphic yet causal conversations about sex, ten-year olds taking drugs, brutal gang beats, and rape. Though there's naturally subplots, the movie can just as easily be taken as a whole, a film showing the character's typical routines and experiences.

    At the center of the story is Telly, a pale, gangly boy with a "addiction" for virgins and who enjoys the act of deflowering them. His friend is the vulgar Casper who is as sexually deviant as he is, and the two regularly socialize with drug-dealers, gangster skateboarders, and all-around degenerate losers. One of Telly's previous girls, Jenny, discovers she has acquired AIDS through Telly, and urgently sets out to find him before he passes the disease to other girls whom he may coerce into intercourse with. Telly and his clique have their own criminal adventures, climaxing at a wild, drug-laced party while Jenny searches the city with increasing hopelessness.

    This movie has some of the most realistic dialogue I've ever heard despite its explicitness, and nearly all the slang is up to date. The scenes of downtown New York, the interactions of the characters, and its sheer relentlessness create powerful, resonant feelings upon viewing. It's pessimistic, but you know that there really are unfortunate people like this, some made the way they are due to their terrible environments, others simply vile people whose situations augment their own corruption. It's just a great movie, and thankfully not so simply because it has a reputation.

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  • Just Wow.....
    This movie brilliant, beautiful, and sick. I think it can only be descibed by the last line of the film, "Jesus Christ, What Happened". If you want a film about life, this is it. KIDS continues in the same steps as movies like 'This Is England' 'American History X' and of course 'Girl, Interrupted'. ...more info
  • Kids for Real
    A must see for every mature teen. So realistic and so real. A lot of kids are good and can't relate but a lot of people can relate and this movie is everyday life for a lot of teens who are just out livin life.
    So real it's scary....more info
  • Documentary-style drama
    A minor classic, though flawed in its' inability to really provide clues as to why the stereotypically lost urban youth of today seem willing to take chances even the "worst" of previous generations wouldn't consider. AIDS, considered a modern day plague and one very avoidable for those who were not the unfortunate victim of a medical "accident", has no apparent meaning for Telly and Caspar, one not exactly college material, and the other his amoral and willing prodigy.
    The location photography is in the best tradition of hard, gritty films of the early '70s, like "Mean Steets" (DeNiro, Keitel) and "Born To Win" (George Segal and Karen Black; Robert DeNiro in a small supporting role).
    The scene at the clinic when Jennie learns she is HIV-positive is riveting to say the least. The Medical staffer tells it like it is to Jennie, who acknowledges the seriousness of her condition, but can't seem to manage her new responsibility in notifying Telly, or in making an abrupt change in her life style. She finds herself at another wild party and in no condition to block the advances of Caspar.
    The film took a bold step in focusing on heterosexual transmission at a time when the bisexual or homosexual community was unjustly identified as solely responsible for the spread of this disease. The problem with using this movie as a teaching tool, however, is that Jennie is the only sympathetic character, among the "older" kids, who should know something about the risks of certain behaviours.
    Very strong performances, and subtle direction should have made this effort a cult classic, presuming it doesn't have that status....more info
  • KIDS
    I first heard about the movie "KIDS" from the Logo Channel in kck and wanted to see it so i could see just how others viewed teens and the ever so frightening subject of teen sexuality and the scare of contracting some sexually transmitted diseases. It was very interesting to see how they actually picked up on how the young kids of today really act in big cities, and most likely in small towns also. Makes one want to be able to keep a watchful eye on their children alot more. I thought it was a good movie and very informative to parents. ...more info
  • Kids
    While kids is an interesting movie, it can also be described as disturbing. If someone is easily upset or offended I wouldn't recommend this title for viewing....more info
  • Raw and intense.
    This movie really makes you think. not for the faint of heart. very raw and direct. leaves you thinking at the end.....more info
  • Not as good as all the hype
    While the content of most of the reviews here I skimmed is true, the kids in this movie are ultimately pathetic human beings and a good advertisement for not having kids you don't have time for.

    The few instances of parents observed are the type that have no control over their own sad lives (Telly's pathetic chain smoking breast feeding single parent mom) and as such were in no postion to give their kids any worthwhile or even interesting goals for their own lives.

    This movie is pretty much like Saturday Night Fever, only younger kids and minus any Tony with his undefined dreams of dancing to give it any charm.

    The kids are all stupid and unoriginal hedonists who are probably parodying the missing adults in their lives, dringing, smoking and trying to get laid in awkward and stupid ways.

    The girls in the movie all completely lack any self esteem and apparently any street savvy whatsoever, weird for NYC, as they all will apparently believe any line any loser teenage boy with nothing going for him will throw at them. The girls in this movie are all victims - of their own deficiencies and of the stupid hormone driven boys who prey upon them.

    When I was in middle school and high school I hung out with a weird mix of geeks and druggies, both groups from the middle class through the poor (the poor ones all had to work to help support their family). Sometimes we would encounter kids like the ones in this movie (stupid, mostly lower middle class, pedestrian and limited mentally) and I can remember wondering sometime what their sad seeming lives must be like. This movie showed me and its pretty much as bleak and a waste of time as I imagined.

    This movie is worth seeing but to interpret this movie as a statemnt about what all kids are like is insulting to the half-way intelligent and/or ambitious and/or talented kids in the world.

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  • Better when I was younger
    I watched this many years ago, and at the time it was really good because that's how I was as a youth. You also thought it was a real documentary which made it more disturbing. Now that I watched it as an adult, it's pretty sick and twisted and you realize now that it was acted out. There really isn't much of a plot other than the one storyline. It's kind of all over the place with a overemphazising of how young teens act. I would rather have rented but it's very hard to find....more info
  • This film is rough and brutuall honest.
    I love this film and have for years. I know alot of people were disgusted by it... "that's not how kids really act!". Sadly that is how some do... and some don't. It wont be an easy pill for some to swallow--- and for others it may be all to familiar.
    The recording is shakey... but that's sort of a signature of the directors.

    Basically if you can't handle the thought of kids on drugs, having sex, dealing with hiv, being in gangs... dont watch this....more info
  • Definitely controversial. Interesting original story, but pretty graphic.
    I remember when this came out, and I was just a few years older than the kids portrayed in this film, and I thought this was just crazy, nobody I knew ever did this junk. But, older and wiser looking back, and looking at kids these days, I am guessing that this kind of stuff does take place, I just am sheltered. This movie has the HIV scare tied into it, teen sex, and rampent drug use, stuff people, myself included, don't often associate with young to mid teen-agers. But, bad habits start somewhere, and this film portrays it well. As I now now, this behavior is more common than I ever could have immagined. Just speaks volumes about maintaining a good relationship and communication with your children, and maintaining a solid household. Check it out, still eye opening to this day....more info
  • sensationalistic nihilism
    WOw, I would say that these kids are a carefully selected bunch of losers. They have nothing going for them but their reckless youth, meaningless promiscuity, and semi-affluence, combined with indifferent parents and a complete lack of interesting minds, not to forget low self esteem. Those are all the buzzwords designed to shock: all of the buttons are pushed, even rape and violence. Oh, then there is HIV/Aids. The execution of this film is also clunky, while some of the acting is good, though I suspect the actors may be exctly what they are portraying.

    While there are certainly subcultures likes this - pseudo-sophisticated, selfish, and arrogantly fearless - I must admit that I doubt my kids hang out with kids like these or ever would. Of course, there but for the grace of God go we all, but we listen to our kids, they enjoy achieving, and they are developing interests that possibly are pointing in career directions; they rebel, they experiment, and we talk with them.

    So I don't think the sick kids here reflect much about the youth of today, except for a very small group. Most kids understand basic limits, and it is our job as parents to make sure they do.

    Not recommended, except for those parents who need this kind of shock, utterly lacking in nuance and subtlty as it is....more info
  • Realistic niew of adolescence
    Ever wonder what your kids are doing when they say they're staying at a friend's place over the weekend? Ever think to yourself "Im sure i had another $10 in there"....This movie is not only entertaining, but educational to both parents and adolescents. My only quam is that in some cases it glorifies the life these kids are living. No doubt in their own mind they are living in glory, however, the stark reality is quite the opposite, and i think this message gets blurred at times....more info
  • where are you
    this what happens when kids have no parents to raise them . all parents should see this if they have the guts...more info
  • Eh. I got fooled by the hype.
    Kids (Larry Clark, 1995)

    Once all the furor has died down, Kids will be remembered as the movie that started the careers of Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. Of course, it's been twelve years, and the furor hasn't yet died down. I'm a little confused as to why.

    The story, though it takes Clark a while to get around to it: Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) and Casper (Justin Pierce) are skate kids in New York. Jennie (Sevigny) is a girl Telly had had sex with in the past. She accompanies her friend Ruby (Dawson) to the clinic so Ruby can get an HIV test; Ruby turns out negative, but Jennie is positive. The rest of the movie is Jennie trying to track down Telly before he can sleep with anyone else and tell him.

    First off: watch the movie with subtitles on. It won't offer a complete translation, but it'll probably help. Telly and Casper's dialogue is often unintelligible. It may lend credibility to the characters, but sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit of credibility so as not to lose your audience. (Interestingly, almost every male in the movie talks in the same odd patois; I can't remember a single female in the movie doing so.) Second, the pace here is all over the map; it seemed as if Clark were working entirely without an idea of pace until the main story starts up (which happens far enough into the film that it seems as if it's going to be a plotless slice-of-life flick for a while), and once the main story does appear, the movie wanders off into tangents that sabotage the pace even more. Parts of the film that should have been minor scenes to advance the plot are dragged out, while valuable character-building scenes are jump-cut.

    I got the feeling I was supposed to be shocked by the ages of the participants, as well. First off, that's a gimmick at best, and a transparent one; second, are there really people who don't know what teenagers are like these days? (And "these days" is a misnomer-- it's been a long, long time since I was a teen, and we were like this then, too.)

    It's not bad, and does contain some good performances, but it's certainly not the groundbreaking masterpiece I'd been expecting given the twelve years of raves I'd heard about it. ** ?...more info
  • Real
    To all of the moms who are upset because they got tricked into buying this for their teens: This movie is not a parent. This movie is not for Kids (I know the title is deceiving). The movie is an accurate depiction of one side of life as it was experienced by inner-city youths in the early 90s. But maybe your kids need to watch it because the wildest kids i know are the ones who are sheltered from reality. Moms and dads do your jobs and let filmmakers make movies that actually mean something. HIV is real and that is the theme of this drama. But I guess that is what a parent is supposed to teach......more info
  • Kids is an inner city classic
    I remember when this movie first came out. It was perfect. Finally a movie is made that shows how the kids in the city or should I say the "hood" live vs. the goodie two shoe surburbia movies. There needs to be a little bit of every environment shown.

    A classic because times have changed, and so have the styles, but the same issues apply today. Sex, Drugs and Aids. It's not a joke....more info
  • Truthful and Disgusting
    I agree...this does happen all over the world...there are kids out there who live and act like the very kids in this movie. But just because it is a reality does not mean that I have to like the movie, and I definitely do not. My friends and I did some crazy, stupid things in high school, but we did not behave this way. My goal as a parent is to raise my son in a caring, loving, yet disciplining environment where he can make his own decisions but understand the consequences of his own actions. Hopefully (without sounding naive) I can give my son the tools to make good decisions so he does not find himself in these same situations. ...more info
  • Kids
    This movie is over the top if you live in suburbia. This is an extreme inner-city showing of nasty sex and illegal drug use. Explicit scenes that are very graphic. This movie is actually deplorable. When I viewed the movie, I was shocked and disgusted with what I saw and to think that I actually purchased this online because my son asked for it. It is a lesson in showing your kids how to have dirty sex, do drugs, and totally disrespect women. It doesn't have any respect for a relationship like you would want you kids to learn to have. My son was inviting his friends over while I was at work so they could sit around and watch this. This movie will show your kids the wrong way to enjoy each others company and have a relationship.
    Don't buy it unless you don't care anything about your teens and the examples that they see. This movie is trash. I threw it out. The part about the HIV was an excuse to make a move to subject "kids" to some really nasty stuff. And the title "kids"? This is NOT for "kids" at all. Actually, it shouldn't be for anyone. BAD BAD BAD...more info
  • Powerful Movie
    A very good movie that not many have seen from what I've heard. Great cinematography, and very insightful into the world of teenagers....more info
  • KIDS- definately not for kids !!!
    My daughter was supposed to watch this for a college group project. Neither she nor her peers were comfortable watching it. I viewed it at a later time.

    This supposedly "wonderfully insightful film" glorifies the main characters who goals are to deflower as many young virgins as he can. (It turns out that he is not only sharing his sperm, but the HIV virus too. All the sex in unprotected sex.) This is shown in graphic detail w/ 2 long sessions of him talking the girl into sex and the showing the act of sexual intercourse, in graphic thumping detail. In one case the girl is crying for him to stop because it hurts so badly and he ignores her.

    The characters drink, drug, steal and commit a gang style beating of an innocent man in the park. Later they jokingly wonder if they killed him. The characters party until the pass out, puke or both.

    Towards the end of the movie, one of the main characters rapes his unconscious "friend" who had some drugs forced on her by another "friend."
    She literally flops around like a rag doll as he does his "business." This scene was way too long and painful to even watch.

    I don't think this film is an insight into anything. I think it was done for pure shock value. Yes, I believe these things can happen. The drugs, drinking, wild parties, illicit sex, but not all w/ one group of deviant amorale teens -- who also encourage pre-teens to smoke dope and party too.

    This may seem extremely harsh, but I think a viewer/buyer should know as much as they can about content, before purchase, as possible.

    After writing the original review, I have heard a couple parents remark that they thought it was appropriate for their kids to see, if only for the shock value of it.

    I guess my final thought would be, if you think you want your kids to see this movie, watch it by yourself first.
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  • DISTURBING
    One day in the life of a bunch of multi-racial east coast kids. Never has the culture of diversity been made to look so threatening to middle America; never has "today's youth" seemed more lost. The barely teens in this movie steal, fight, do drugs, talk vulgar trash, vandalize, and in the case of one of them, a true moron who works an improbable Casanova charm on barely pubescent girls in order to bed as many virgins as he can, unknowingly and probably uncaringly spread HIV. This movie came out while I was in high school and I didn't get around to seeing it till 2001, and I mention that because from that vantage point I was able to step back and be every bit as appalled as the filmmakers meant me to be, whereas earlier I might have seen this film, as others have, merely as an exercise in shocking "grown-ups." Kids might be tough to watch, it might alienate you, but I think deep down a perceptive viewer will give credit where it's due for managing to create a confrontingly vivid portrait of `90's youth on a rough and filthy canvas....more info
  • Boring, and not altogether shocking....
    This film is nowhere as shocking as critics made it out to be, and, in fact, is rather boring. It shows a lot of kids smoking, sleeping around, drinking, sleeping around some more, talking about sex, doing drugs, etc., etc.. Most critics were in deep, deep shock that the children of American would actually indulge in this type of behaviour. I wasn't. Teenagers do incredibly stupid things (mostly revolving around drugs) and seem to enjoy wasting time (all in the name of so-called rebellion). This kind of stuff has been happening since time began, and while it may be more explicit nowadays, it's still not that shocking. Perhaps critics think of America as the TV shows they saw in the 1950's or something like that, some lame, completely unrealistic Norman Rockwell, My Three Sons type of America, which doesn't exist and has never existed. I don't really know. As for the film, I would have preferred Harmony Korine (the screenwriter of this film) to direct it. He has a much better sense of art and cinema than Larry Clark does. Larry Clark's directorial style (if you can call it that) is way too straightforward and really lacks in imagination. The only scene that I found haunting was the final one, when an aria is heard (or an operatic song), and we see some beautiful camera work. It's the only moment of poetry in the film, and it wouldn't have surprised me if Korine directed it himself, as there are similar scenes in Korine's underrated julien donkey-boy. Clark and Korine would revisit this subject with the infamous, rarely screened Ken Park, and that film is supposed to be worse than this one. If you check Kids out once, that's enough. You don't really need to see it again. ...more info
  • needs a better plot and better actors
    keep this short and sweet the telly actor is the worst actor in the wrold.I seen bad actors in my life but telly is like some kid you will beatup everyday.And the plot relly sucked,if i made this movie this is what i would have done.Convertation about the hiv,with jenny and telly. telly feels guilty,and kills him shelf for the pain he inflicted on the girls.And could be more than a wake up call to kids for all the pain you put poeple through and your shelf. And if poeple think this his the best movie way because thires a wake up call this movie never chanched me because the plot was relly bad....more info
  • Powerful
    First of all, I would like to say that this is possibly one of the realest films I have ever seen. It really proves a point, and the way it has a real-time feel makes it more realistic, compared to other supposed "similar" films, like Thirteen. Which brings me to my second point.

    This movie should not be compared to Thirteen, because Thirteen is not nearly as shocking, graphic, or believable. It gets one star in my book; also the plot and the characters were quite boring to me.

    Even though KIDS takes place in New York City, which is one of the biggest cities, this kind of behavior takes place everywhere..this is the truth. In fact, I was friends with kids like Casper and Telly in high school, which sort of made the shock value of this film significantly less for me. Reguardless, the AIDS situation is quite realistic in this movie. It definitely makes you think before your next endeavor with a sexual partner.
    The soundtrack also made this movie awesome to me. Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion make great music, along with Slint, who's song is not in the movie, but on the soundtrack.

    To all of you teenagers bashing this movie, claiming this does not really happen: Crawl out from underneath the rock you have been living under, or stop denying reality, because I am 100% sure the whole situation of this movie is happening in almost all urban and rural areas right now....more info
  • This Movie Is A Wake Up Call To The Real World
    This is a movie wear "Kids" party, do drugs, and have sex with everyone until this one girl gets aids "hiv" then she starts spreading it to all of her friends. This movie is for mature people only! Not for Kids "children"...more info
  • Good, realistic movie.
    This is one of the best independent movies of all time. It depicts the lives of some high school students that live in the inner city, and goes through a few days of their lives. It will open your eyes to how youth think and really act....more info
  • "Kids" really took it there
    The movie was raw and gripping. A true saga which compels the young adult to stop and give pause before participating in risky behavior. I beileve that it should be viewed by teens and pre-teens as young as, and including age 10. Our society has regressed to a point where shocking intervention may be the only way to keep our babies from making the mistakes of a lifetime. Take your kids by the hand, pop some popcorn, sit and watch it together. Truly worth your time. ...more info