Let’s talk about Kids.
Kids is a 1995 American coming-of-agedramaexploitation film directed by Larry Clark and written by Harmony Korine. It stars Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny, and Rosario Dawson, all in their film debuts. Set in the year 1994, Fitzpatrick, Pierce, Sevigny, Dawson, and other newcomers portray a group of teenagers in New York City. They are characterized as hedonists, who engage in sexual acts and substance abuse, throughout the course of a single day.
Ben Detrick of the New York Times has described the film as “Lord of the Flies with skateboards, nitrous oxide and hip-hop… There is no thunderous moral reckoning, only observational detachment.” The film was deemed controversial upon its release in 1995 and caused public debate over its artistic merit. It received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, but was released without a rating. Critical response was mixed, and the film grossed $20.4 million on a $1.5 million budget.