Kids

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Released 1995

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Kids

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Director:
Larry Clark
Released:
1995
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Kids is a 1995 dramatic film written by Harmony Korine that chronicles a day in the life of several New York City teenagers. Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) and Casper (Justin Pierce) are two teenage boys who make it a mission to have as much sex as possible. Justin has just taken the virginity of a 12-year-old girl and now he and Casper go to the store and steal some liquor. They arrive at their friend Paul's house and smoke marijuana and inhale nitrous oxide. Meanwhile Ruby (Rosario Dawson) and Jenny (Chloe Sevigny) and their friends are discussing their views concerning oral sex. When the topic of STD's is discussed, Ruby and Jenny decided to go get tested. When Jenny discovers that she is HIV positive after only having had sex with Telly, she ventures through the city in hopes of finding him. Drugs and alcohol become a distraction and eventually Telly becomes overly intoxicated, slowing her quest to find Telly. Also starring Jon Abrahams, Harmony Korine, and Harold Hunter, Kids was highly controversial upon its release and was both praised and derided by critics.moreless

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  • 100

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Cautionary tales aren't new. What sets Kids apart as daringly original, touching and alive is its authenticity.

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    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. Nothing can prepare you, because no oth...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Since Fitzpatrick is an actor (and "no ladies' man," he told Clark), this is a performance and, as such, one of the most effective I've seen. It's amazing how, watching the film, y...

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Drama

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Social Issues, 90s, Independent