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Screenshot Saturday: Larry Clark’s Kids (1995)

Dealing with such issues as drug and alcohol abuse, violence, sexual promiscuity, and sexually transmitted diseases, Kids depicts a portrait of life for New York City lower-economic status teens in the early 1990’s. The film follows Telly, a 15 year old young boy who’s exploits pose as a pseudo-plot within the film. Accompanied by his equally rebellious friend, Casper, Telly vows to take the virginity of as many young women as possible. One such former virgin is Jenny, who later learns that she has contracted HIV, implying that Telly transmitted it to her. Jenny seeks Telly to inform him that he has been infected.

The films controversy lies within the portrayal of the teens. Here we see two teens engaging in some pre-coital pleasure. Scenes like these are what caused such an uproar during and after Kids release. By today’s standards, the scenes would be consider rather tame, especially after such teen sex comedies like American Pie. But unlike American Pie, a realism remains within the context of the film, allowing it more aesthetic merit.

Kids (1995)

Guy Stridsigne  10/15/2011



One thought on “Screenshot Saturday: Larry Clark’s Kids (1995)

  1. I love this movie! It reminds of my teenage years being reckless and stupid without any sense of consequence. Of course I have much more sense as an adult. I actually discovered this movie with my friend Ryan, we used to walk to a nearby video store every time I stayed the night at his house. We picked up kids and clerks not knowing what either film was, that was the best night of fine cinema I ever experienced as a teenager!

    Posted by TohoRed | February 1, 2012, 7:05 pm

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