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Kids

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Review by Earl Cressey | posted December 21, 2000 | E-mail the Author
Review:
Movie:
Kids, originally released in 1995 to much critical acclaim, has made its way to DVD. Starring Chloe Sevigny (Jennie) and Leo Fitzpatrick (Telly), Kids follows a group of big city teens for 24 hours and details their exploits, though it mainly focuses on Telly and Jennie.

The film begins with the "virgin surgeon" Telly convincing a twelve year old virgin to have sex with him. She relents, and afterwards, Telly leaves and joins up with his friend Casper. He tells him about his latest conquest and admits that having sex with virgin girls is the best, and that now he can't think of anything else. They decide to go to a friend's house and get some marijuana, but along the way, they also steal some alcohol. Meanwhile, Jennie and her friends are recounting their past experiences with sex and two of them, Jennie and Ruby, decide to get tested for STDs. Jennie has only had sex with one guy, Telly; it occurred last year when she was fifteen and afterwards, Telly never spoke to her again. When Jennie gets tested, she discovers that she is HIV positive and then attempts to track down Telly before he sleeps with anyone else.

Kids is a very shocking portrait of the life some teens, no doubt, lead. Due to the subject matter, the film isn't for everyone, but it does have some positive messages, such as encouraging kids to practice protected sex or abstinence and encouraging parents to discuss such issues as casual drug use and sex with their teenagers before its too late.

Picture:
Kids is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. The movie has the look of a documentary, so the film looks a bit rougher than your average Hollywood blockbuster. Colors are decent and flesh tones, for the most part, are accurate. Most scenes have some visible grain, though a few have quite a bit, which gets pretty distracting.

Sound:
Kids is presented in Dolby Surround 2.0. Its nothing too impressive, but it gets the job done. Most of the dialogue is easy to understand, though at times, it is mumbled or hard to hear, making the subtitles a necessity.

Extras:
For extras, Kids includes the trailer for this film and Another Day in Paradise, along with subtitles in English, Spanish, or French.

Summary:
Due to the content, Kids, though it has positive messages, will appeal to few people. I would strongly advise a rental before purchasing, as one viewing will probably be enough.

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