Kids (1995)

Kids (1995)
  • Time: 91 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Larry Clark
  • Cast: Leo Fitzpatrick, Chloë Sevigny, Justin Pierce


Disturbing, dark, low-budget independent film about teen-agers in New York City. The story focuses on Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), a teen who has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is H.I.V.-positive, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly remains undaunted.

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  • I have always been a big fan of movies that give brutally honest depictions to parts of society that I am unfamiliar with. Larry Clark’s Kids is definitely one of them, but it also has an added bonus of being twenty years old at the time of viewing, so it also gives an insight to a world that I can barely remember.

    Taking place in Manhattan over the course of a day, the film follows 17 year old Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), who has an unsavoury habit of only sleeping with virgins. He spends most of his time with his pal Casper (Justin Pierce) as they wander aimlessly around town, looking to get high or laid. Meanwhile, Jennie (Chloë Sevigny) and Ruby (Rosario Dawson) both go to get tested for STD’s. Jennie admits to only having sex once, with Telly, and finds out that she has contracted HIV.

    After telling a friend that I had seen this movie and fallen in love with it, he told me how this film was very controversial upon release. This apparently had to do with the very frank depiction of the lives that the people in the film led and that no one (read: middle class white people) could believe that the youth of the early 90s would talk or behave in this manner. However, writer Harmony Korine has openly stated he had based this movie on a lot of what he had seen growing up in Manhattan. Indeed, the scene in which Casper brutally beats up a fellow youth with a skateboard was reportedly filmed only twenty feet from where Korine witnessed the bashing on which it was based.

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