Film Reviews: “Kids” (1995)

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Directed by Larry Clark. Starring Leo Fitzpatrick, Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.

A rude and candid look at a group of skater teens in mid 90’s New York City. One of them, Telly, is HIV positive and recklessly continues to sleep around. Jennie who contracted the disease goes to confront him.

“Kids” is shocking and meant to be that way. It was a wake-up call to adults of the time and haunts some of the actors to this day. Leo Fitzpatrick who played Telly claims that people harassed him, thinking “Kids” was a documentary, instead of fiction.

I appreciate the rawness of the material and all too real performances, but let me make it clear, “Kids” is not meant to entertain. The scenes following Jennie post test results were the most interesting. Would’ve liked to have seen a whole film about her.

3.0 out of 4.0 stars.

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