Overview: I never even heard of this movie. I wouldn't be surprised if you guys haven't either. My roommate said I should watch but boy, this was an 1 1/2 hr of pure agonizing horror. It isn't supposed to be a scary movie mind you. "Kids" follows around a group of inner-city teenagers in the urban streets of New York City. So basically, it was a movie about kids having sex, doing drugs and wasting their lives away with absolutely no supervision, and if they did have it, their parents were just as effing useless. Some people shouldn't have kids. Ya, that was politically correct.
I felt like I was watching a nature special on how bunnies mate or some crap because these little babies!!! they were freaking 12-13 year olds!!! were having sex like it was as necessary as breathing. The main character is Telly, a HIV-positive corrupted boy who finds it his life mission to seduce as many virgins as possible. He was pretty nasty looking to say the least.
The Good: Well, it sure was eye-opening. Kids need parental supervision. That is a no brainer. But even if they had it, the gap between the rich and poor is widening, our middle class shrinking. Low income adults are taking on 2-3 jobs to make it...so who the hell is going to take care of their kids? Latch-key nation. It is harder today to work your way up the ladder than it was 50 years ago. And our educational system is atrocious, 25th in the world. It used to be at the top. So don't tell me that these inner-city kids should know any better. As long as we have leaders who give tax breaks to the 1% of this nation who hold 40% of the wealth and power and throw their weight around then hell yes, we have a huge societal problem. I totally just simplified a complex issue but you catch my drift. We are failing our children and this movie made the result of this failure very clear.
The Bad: I would have liked to get to know the characters better. Sorta unbelievable at times. And I think it would have been nice to have another 20 mins to tie up loose ends.
Recommendation: If you think you can handle it, watch it...I couldn't. I am guessing you will leave with a depressing feeling because there is no cute happy ending. These kids don't care about themselves or the people they infect. (figuratively/literally) And they don't have tangible role models who think otherwise.
Posted by Sarah at 4/22/2006 02:41:00 PM