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Kidulthood

3.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

This isn't child's play]it's just another day in the inner city, where teenage growing pains can often lead to suicide, pregnancy and hot-blooded murder. The film follows 15-year-old Trife, a boy trapped between the world of his school friends, the girl he loves and the draw of his powerful and dangerous uncle. When classes are suspended after a bullied schoolgirl hangs herself rather than face another day of torment, Trife and his crew take to the streets where sex and drugs are a way of life and violence lurks behind every corner.

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  • Actors: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone
  • Directors: Menhaj Huda
  • Writers: Noel Clarke
  • Producers: Alexandra Stone, Amir Madaninejad, Clark N. Anthony, Damian Jones, Douglas Lochhead
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DWNUCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kidulthood" on IMDb

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By Frosty Cold One TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 2, 2015
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Respect for writer/actor Noel Clarke, but his second installment of this urban tale (Adulthood) is much better than Kidulthood. You don't really need to watch Kidulthood for the sequel Adulthood to make sense, so why not just pick the better of the two?
Kidulthood was sort of a test run re: Clarke's capacity to weave a narrative. Noel Clarke not only wrote Kidulthood, he also played the story's antagonist; in Adulthood, Clarke was the writer, director, and protagonist.

PROs
✔ Apparently someone thought it was good, as it won the Dinard British Film Festival award for Best Screenplay.
✔ Decent actors; for some of them, Kidulthood characters were their breakout roles, and most went on to enjoy fruitful careers.
✔ Occasionally creative cinematography.
✔ "A day in the life of..." in this case actually is only one day, which is at least an ambitious idea.
✔ Probably of interest to anthropologists.

CONs
✘ Clarke makes it all too easy to despise virtually every one of the film's 15-year-old characters; only at the end does Kidulthood give you someone to root for (sort of); for over half the duration of the movie, you kind of don't care whether or not any of the kids make it thru the day alive (the only one who elicits audience sympathy goes on to kill herself within 10 minutes of the opening shot).
✘ For us Yanks, subtitles are required to understand this heavy dialect of English (which is also very slangy); fortunately, the DVD provides Spanish AND English subtitles.
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Extreme Teen film very well made and directed! Dealing with the streets of the U.K. this film was impressing in that it kept your attention from beginning to end. No doubt filled with controversy and plagued with foul language this film deals with suicide, drugs, sex and all of the temptations out there tempting our youth today. An interesting take as a U.S. viewer to see many of the same problems in England. One of the main actors (to the best of my knowledge) also directed this. Not one I would recommend for Children but worth watching for sure. A few parts will make you cringe especially if you are a parent. Thanks for reading :)
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First time Performer's, in this pre-quell indie. The story and acting was excellent this movie hold it's owns. The sequel Adulthood bring this story in full circle. Not BAD Noel Clarke..
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Two stories entwine (sp?) in this film about London youth. This film did have elements of "Kids," "Boyz N Da Hood," and "Menace II Society," but it was still original and jaw-dropping.
This film shows violent, disrespectful, evildoers, of both genders and many races. They are unlovable characters for which it is hard to root. I thought of the clich'e "If you lie down with dogs" as I watched this. Since the characters are so nasty to their enemies and strangers, it's no surprise that they become nasty with each other.
While American films can be multi-culty, study after study after study show that the US is highly segregated in schools, neighborhoods, and especially marriage. Here you see white, Black, and Asian Brits intermingling frequently. Not one character disapproves of interracial coupling, while in most American films, there is at least one character who would make a fuss about it. Seeing the ethnic bonding throughout the film seemed so unlike the US.
This film also shows a gray area regarding racism in the UK. For example, Black males have trouble getting a cab, but once they do ride in one, they stiff the cabbie. Later, the Black males are spied upon by store security. In the same way that "The Color Puprle" needed Sophia's story in order to show that while Celie was a domestic violence victim, all the characters still lived in a racially-oppressive context, here these mean kids also facee structural inequalities.
I kept asking myself, "Who is the audience for this film!?" I assume most films with young actors are attracting a young market. However, I did wonder if the film was meant to make adult scream, "What is this world coming to?!" This was just another film portraying youth as a "lost generation.
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Good movie about kids running wild...the British Kids movie.
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i like this movie very good recommend it to many
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One girl is a slut, the other is a stressed out pregnant teen, one kid is a reckless troublemaker, one kid is a sociopathic bully, one girl is suicidal, the last kid is just kind of wandering aimlessly. Typical youth, nothing special about this movie, many better American made choices.
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Save your money and don't buy this one. Pure garbage. Thugs assaulting people with no story whatsoever. Sorry I wasted my money on it. Trash.
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