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Kidulthood (2006)

A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

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Menhaj Huda

Writer:

Noel Clarke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aml Ameen ... Trife
Red Madrell ... Alisa
Noel Clarke ... Sam
Adam Deacon ... Jay
Jaime Winstone ... Becky
Femi Oyeniran Femi Oyeniran ... Moony
Madeleine Fairley Madeleine Fairley ... Claire
Rebecca Martin Rebecca Martin ... Katie
Nicholas Hoult ... Blake
Adem Bayram Adem Bayram ... Vinnie
Stephanie Di Rubbo Stephanie Di Rubbo ... Shaneek (as Stefanie Di Rubbo)
Queen Kate Ajike Queen Kate Ajike ... Carleen (as Kate-Line Okoro)
Medhavi Patel Medhavi Patel ... Sophie
Ben McKay ... Rapper
Cornell John ... Uncle Curtis
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A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

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Taglines:

Before adulthood comes...

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violent content, sexual material, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidulthood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$849,650
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jaime Winstone and Adam Deacon also starred together in Dead Set (2008). See more »

Goofs

The knife Trevor used to cut a C on Curtis's buyer's cheek should've taken a lot longer to cut than it did. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: [pointing a gun at Sam] Give me one fucking reason why you shouldn't die!
Trife: Cause he's not worth it!
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Woman's World (Gurlz Stand Up)
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Well-made and intriguing but a rather downbeat film
23 June 2006 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** The Works **** Just Misses the Mark *** That Little Bit In Between ** Lagging Behind * The Pits

When a girl who has suffered horrific bullying at school commits suicide, it leaves 15 year old Trife (Aml Ameen) and his two friends with the day off school. Trife starts the day by learning the unwanted news that his on-off girlfriend is pregnant and the baby might be his. Frustrated at hearing this, he sets off with his friends and embarks on a day of increasingly dangerous mischief. Juxtaposed with their story is that of his girlfriend, her qualms about keeping her baby and her moral free mate willing to do anything to score money and drugs. Their paths are set to collide and result in a devastating climax.

Kidulthood has that look and feel of a film out to shock (it managed a 15 certificate, but it must have only just scraped it!) If it's painting a picture of what life is really like for chavvy kids like this living on housing estates in inner-city areas, then the film manages to leave an even more downbeat and depressing taste in the mouth than it already did. It's well-acted enough, with a good lead in Ameen (who I recognized as Officer Lewis from The Bill-wouldn't have thought he'd come off as a 15 year old though) and a decent supporting cast, including an attractive presence in Madeleine Fairley (but, what can I say, a chavette's a chavvete!) It has a fine soundtrack, too, including some notable work from Mike Skinner and The Streets. It's far from a bad film, as it is, too, it's just so relentlessly bleak and with little in the way of humour and light that it never manages to come off as a truly enjoyable experience in any way. Still, it delivers what it says and more. ****


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