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Kids in America

3.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Rebellions high school misfits take a stand against a power hungry principal.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Arkin, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Coles, Amy Hill, Samantha Mathis
  • Directors: Josh Stolberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WG8UA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By John Hutchinson on March 18, 2006
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I bought this DVD on the strength of Gregory Smith being in it, and I have to say that Gregory does not disappoint.Neither does the rest of the film.The movie is most enjoyable, and in some places, rather reminiscent of that glorious TV series from the early 1990's Parker Lewis Can't Lose, except with rather more serious content and intention.

Amd what can I say about Gregory Smith that has not been said before?This young man is a most wonderful and natural performer, and I certainly look forward to many years of seeing his work in the movies and on TV.

Excellent effort all round
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I almost turned this off during the first five minutes, as the jokes were obvious and painfully unfunny, the budget was glaringly low, and the dialogue didn't ring true. I was thinking about winging an email to Roger Ebert, who liked it, asking him what was he thinking.

But for some reason I stuck with it, and I ended up liking it a LOT. True, a lot of the jokes throughout the rest of the movie were still bad, but I also laughed out loud more than a few times. Moreover, the movie's simply a lot of fun, with smart politics--objectionable only to Neanderthals--and a cast full of recognizable faces. Though I had to go to IMDB to figure out that the Oriental actress, Emy Coligado, who is obviously too old for this high school kid role, plays Piama on "Malcolm in the Middle."

Be sure to check out the outtakes on the DVD. On many DVDs these would consist of a lot of lame, unfunny mugging for the camera, but many of the outtakes on here are actually pretty good. Julie Bowen is particularly funny, singing that cameltoe song, and explaining why she "hates" Angelina Jolie: "She has a big chest, big lips, skinny legs, and she's philanthropic. I'm a selfish, flat-chested, big-assed bitch."
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I bought this movie not really knowing what it was about. I watched it and I was amazed. It's based on a few true stories of kids in schools who were suspended and that really made it stand out. The acting was incredible and the story was just plain amazing. Seeing as I'm in high school, I could really see where the teens were getting their ideas from, but I'm not pulling those stunts! Really, this movie was awesome and I really recomend it.
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I saw part of this on TV and then never heard from it again, so I bought the DVD so I can see the complete movie. I was particularly intrigued by the cute red-haired star who came from nowhere and then disappeared into obscurity after this movie was made. Her name is Stephanie Sherrin. The movie is your less-than-average High School comedy movie and gets a 2-star rating. But I really liked watching that cute red-haired girl so I added two stars to give it a 4-star rating. I'm surprised that Caitlin Wachs didn't shine in this movie. Caitlin has one of the most beautiful faces I've ever seen. But in this movie she just looked like another pretty cheerleader. It seems in this case that it's the girl with the cuter personality that shined.
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I can't say it better than Rodger Ebert: "Once in a blue moon a movie escapes the shackles of its genre and does what it really wants to do. "Kids in America" is a movie like that. It breaks out of Hollywood jail. You know all those "brainless high school comedies"? Here's what one would look like if it had brains."
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I found this little gem on Netflix--well, actually, my wife found it. Netflix suggested that I would like it about 3.5 stars, I'd find it cute, but nothing really memorable. Instead, I was led on an amazing journey of reliving my high school days and how they could have gone. The movie is about a school that is held under the iron fist of a totalitarian principal that refuses to let students express themselves. One of the first transgressions that occurs is the principal suspends a girl for gluing condoms to her shirt for condoning sex. The girl argues that no matter what people say, students will have sex and it's better for them to be safe than girls getting pregnant. This and a few other things sparks a school-wide revolution where the students protest for their right of freedom of speech.

I read a few reviews on here where people said this movie is "dangerous." Are serious? When I went to high school, a student was arrested for sitting in one of the "popular" kids seats. I kid you not. He was almost charged for resisting arrest because his mother came to the school and challenged the school's wisdom. These are the types of situations going on everywhere--high schools and colleges alike--and I agree with the movie's morals entirely. We need to teach students to learn. We need to teach students how to think for themselves instead of just accepting things because "that's the way they are." A powerful message hidden in a popcorny, teeny bopper camouflage. I rank this one up there with Freedom Writers as one of my favorite movies to show students.
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The movie is good to pass the time and is entertaining, of course it won't blow you out of your seat but it will keep you happy.

That's all there is to it, 4 of the 6 bad reviews on amazon are ignorant individuals who hate Nicole Richie and focused so much on her, despite her minor part in the film.
Watch the entire movie for what it is, don't focus on a single 'actor or actress'.
Also the other 2 bad reviews are those that over thought what the movie meant at the time and seem a bit crazy. So overall there's only decent good reviews on this movie :) enjoy!
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