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Broey Deschanel: Kids (1995): Can Realism Get Too Real?

June 7, 2021
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Let’s talk about Kids.

Kids is a 1995 American coming-of-agedramaexploitation film directed by Larry Clark and written by Harmony Korine.[4] It stars Leo FitzpatrickJustin PierceChloë 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.”[5] 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.

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