Directed by Larry Clark
Screenplay by Harmony Korine
Story by Larry Clark and Jim Lewis
Stars: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Rosario Dawson, Chloë Sevigny and bunch of other motherfuckers that I couldn't care less about.
People in the blogosphere have been talking about the controversy surrounding this movie, Kids. I know that people were saying that the movie is hard to watch. It delves into taboo subjects that would make it controversial when it came out in '95. Seeing the film, I thought I would have a strong reaction to it -- I do -- but not the way you're thinking.
Taking place on a lazy day in New York City, the film follows Telly (Fitzpatick), a nerdy Lothario that has a penchant of deflowering virgins. His best friend, Casper (Pierce) is a alcoholic stoner that says "nigga" a lot. That's bothers me. I will into that later in the review. Telly is finished devirginizing a young girl at the same time, Jennie (Sevigny) receives news that she has tested positive for HIV. The only person she has every been with was Telly. She searches the hangout of their circles of friends to tell Telly the news.
I couldn't believe that Siskel and Ebert gave this movie two thumbs up. It boggles the mind. I will say that I hate the movie. It's not because of the graphic subject matter, but I didn't care about the characters to follow their journey. I check out of the movie at the 45 minute marks. I didn't give two shits about these ignorant assholes.
At the time of its release, it was probably a huge wake up about what a certain demographics is doing with lots of free time on their hands. I don't believe that there was a movie that talk frankly about teenage sexuality in graphic detail. Having the subject of HIV/AIDS was a very big deal at the time. It's still swept under the rug now. It's barely talked about anymore, even though people are dying everyday from AIDS. I'm not going to go off in a tangent.
The main problem I had with this movie are Telly and Casper. I hated the little fuckers. I really did. Telly is a boy that thinks with his dick and not his heads. I didn't care about whatever he did. Casper got on my nerves because he thinks its okay to say the word, "nigga" even though he is whitest white boy ever on the face of the earth. I didn't give a shit about if they smoked weeds, drank, going to first, second or third base with anymore. I wanted it to be over. It was boring to me. You do not deserve my full attention filmmakers. You had to earn it and you didn't. You are the weakest link. Goodbye.