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Kids (1995)

Leo Fitzpatrick , Justin Pierce , Larry Clark  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny, Sarah Henderson, Joseph Chan
  • Directors: Larry Clark
  • Writers: Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Jim Lewis
  • Producers: Cary Woods, Cathy Konrad, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vidmark / Trimark
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 1997
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (427 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304726953
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kids" on IMDb

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An amoral, HIV-positive skateboarder sets out to deflower as many virgins as possible while a local girl who contracted his disease tries to save his next target from her same fate

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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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85 of 101 people found the following review helpful
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"Kids" goes right to the heart of everything that parents fear will become of their children. The youths that inhabit this film are not just wayward... they are violent, amoral kids whose state of evolution seems to have regressed to something more primal. The male lead, if you can call him that, in this movie is a truly horrific animal named Telly (played with scary realism by actor Leo Fitzpatrick). Telly seems to exist for no other reason than drink, get high, get into fights, and, oh yeah, deflower as many virgins as possible. He cajoles his conquests by telling them exactly what they want to hear, and once he's accomplished his mission, he will have nothing to do with them. He says he prefers them because they aren't all dirty or have diseases. Yet, the irony is, he is unknowingly carrying the AIDS virus around and endangering his conquests because it would seem that one of his 'virgins' was not quite honest with him. It's not hard to see how Telly can become such a monster. He has no moral compass around which to develop. One brief scene takes place during a brief stopover at his house before he and his friend, Casper, take off for more mayhem. His mother is sitting in the living room, folding laundry and watching TV while being almost totally oblivious to Telly being there. When Telly asks for some money, she says no and asks him when he's going to get a job, he just says that he's looking and then he goes into her room and takes some money, anyway. She wouldn't know if it was missing.
The actual plot of this movie, as thin as it is, focuses on a girl named Jennie (who was one of Telly's conquests) searching the streets of the city to find Telly and stop his virgin conquest because of the AIDS virus she just found out he gave her.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bloody scary film... October 13, 2004
Format:DVD
What sets Kids apart from Clark's later films is its grimly realistic acting and it's very easy to believe while Clark's later efforts such as Bully or Ken Park (And clones such as Thirteen.) tend to be more exploitative with dodgy casting choices at that. You can just sense that almost everything that occurs in this film despite the slightest creative license has most likely occurred in real life and the convincing acting of the teenagers who look the part (Not looking like they're 21.) really justify that. A perfect example includes a scene where teenagers mock a smaller kid because he hasn't been laid amongst other scenes.

While I think it's brilliant in its depiction I just can't give it five stars because quite frankly I really wouldn't want to see this again. I understand it's not meant to give any answers and just be a voyeuristic look at a failed generation but it's so grimly realistic that it leaves the viewer bitter and disgusted with no sense that a kid can turn out being anything but a degenerate, the film gives the impression it's a tad too late.

However I think EVERYONE should see this before they start a family as it'll either make you hate teens or show that we've got to clean up our act if we intend future generations to grow up with any sense of conscience and moral decency, ESPECIALLY in economically struggling and socially broken homes. Then hope a film like this is never needed again in the future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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First time viewing this film and it brought back some memory's of my adolescent years during that time frame. I was around the same age as them (between 15 and 16 years old) living in NYC. Despite the cast having no previous acting experience, the performances are all wonderful, especially Justin Pierce's (as Casper).

The realistic story line, the classic dialogue, and the horrific finale are the film's best features. There isn't a whole lot to the story, other than it chronicles an eventful day in the life of Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), his friend Casper (Justin Pierce) and their inner-circle of similar-minded, sex/drug-crazed associates. Telly has made it a duty to "deflower" as many girls as possible and later brag to his friends about his latest conquest; but by day's end, guaranteed, he would've done it again (a record for him to do two girls in one day). The main conflict of the story surfaces about 30 minutes in, when Jennie (Chloe Sevigny) discovers that she had contracted HIV from Telly during their first sexual encounter and it becomes her mission to track him down before another young girl shares her fate.

These are the kids of yesteryear, the forgotten generation; these kids are America's worst nightmare because they are young, dumb and just do not care; the fact that they do not care makes them especially dangerous. The imagery is extreme and frightening. If there ever was an honest thing these kids ever did, it would have to be willfully giving change to the less fortunate (a man with no legs who rides a skateboard on the subway). We also get images of younger children, swearing, drinking, smoking, talking like adults; trying to fit in with their peers who are not much older than they are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... in 1995 saying kids these days are not this bad..
Ebert wrote a review in 1995 saying kids these days are not this bad....then came 2014. KIDS was and will remain a wake up call for generations to come.
Published 1 day ago by Lyndsay rains
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids
This movie is a raw honest look at kids, it' s not a documentary but it feels like one.
I think parents in denial " my child would never do that " should watch this it... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality / great movie
I actually purchased this to replace one that was lost. This was the same, great movie - classic. Enjoy watching it over and over
Published 2 months ago by Tamcan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever!!!
One of my favorite movies of all time. I can watch everyday!!!! It got here so fast brand new and I was so excited and am excited to have it in my collection!!
Published 2 months ago by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars KIDS is such a good movie
The VHS is in good quality and even the commercial are great. Everything was nice and the box had no damage. I love this movie. It's fantastic.
Published 2 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony here
Hi. Sigh it seems like just yesterday I wrote this. Anyways it was a lot of fun to write. Thank u too the ones who enjoyed it. And for the ppl calling it filth... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Harmony
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE! A MUST HAVE!!!!
I first watched this movie as an adult and was blown away. This is called a "movie" but sadly it is reality. Read more
Published 5 months ago by myopinion
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Everything was great no scratches or anything everything was perfect. And was in great condition as promised five stars thanks
Published 6 months ago by Jessica Tullos
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
I love this movie. Laquita ( female friend of mind that I met in NEFSH) recommended it for me. Everyone said it was bad.
Published 6 months ago by Ashley Rene Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars Junior High Kids On Drugs And Sex Rampage
I hate this because the young unprofessional actors are too good to let me think it's fiction and any noble documentary intentions are likely to backfire because to near-empty... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben J Korgen
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