Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teen-agers in New York City. The story focuses on Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a 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. Written by
Allison L. Venezio <YankeeSNL01@aol.com>
The film was given an NC-17 rating in the United States, which caused controversy at Miramax Films, whose parent company is The Walt Disney Company. Disney forbids the release of films rated NC-17. Alarmed by this, Miramax heads Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein came up with a simple solution: they made a one-off independent distribution company, Shining Excalibur Pictures, which handled the films distribution. (The film was later released in the United States without a rating.) A similar situation happened with the Weinsteins for the release of the film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004). See more »
When the crowd of kids is beating up the hoodlum in Washington Square Park, they can clearly be seen kicking air. See more »
So this is your new girl, huh?
I hope so. For now.
You like 'em kinda young, right? Babies?
I like 'em new. Not like you.
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This film wasn't commentary; it was exaggerated, vindictive rage.
What gave director Larry Clark the reason to make this? Whenever you make a movie about a specific subject that you don't know about (but you find interesting) it's important to get background info so your thesis will not mislead the viewer. KIDS was misleading, so much so that if I flew to Earth from another planet, I would expect ALL 90s youth to be foul mouthed, drug dealing, abusing, sexually active scum of society. And is that true for every 90s teenager? Clark must have an agenda against children; he was probably walking down his New York street one day when a bunch of young street hoods whacked him over the head with their skateboards and stole his money. And this film would be considered a way of "getting back." This film wasn't commentary; it was exaggerated, vindictive rage.
Despite the misinformation that this film is known for, it is also a slow and uninteresting one. The plot revolves around Telly, a 15 year old who deflowers teenage girls like what a chainsmoker does with Marbolos. When one girl (played by Chloe Sevigny) finds out she contracted AIDS from him, she must find him before he affects any more people. Like he really is going to listen to her. Sure. "Okay, I'll just stop, go home, sip on some Beta Carotene cola, stay in bed, and watch 90210 reruns. Give my apologies to the people whose lives I've ruined, baby. Ta ta."
Disney refused to take credit for this, and it nearly came away with an NC-17 Rating. But it got away with no rating instead, but with a "viewer discretion is advised" sticker. It also took a very long time for it to be released. As if we really cared if it delayed any longer.
Skip this film, and see Jose Louzeiro's "Pixote," Emir Kusturica's "Time of the Gypsies", and Todd Solondz "Welcome to the Dollhouse" instead. These were all an accurate depiction of 20th century youth, they were pleasant, at the same time unexploitative and interesting. They were nothing like Clark's scapegoat on film, at the same time they are nothing like inane Disney comedies portraying teenagers. The three films hold the spot where all other's have failed.
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