KIDS is a damaging film about damaged lives. Telly, the storys’ protagonist, leads a group of kids, doing their thing, one hot summer day in Manhattan. These are more than your usual troubled teens – they drink to drunkenness, do drugs to oblivion, beat up a man with skateboards for recreation, break into a public pool at night for some sexual romps, steal, lie, indulge in orgies, rape and even include some cherubic minors in their terrifying play – all in one day and without a trace of conscience or morality. The film follows Telly as he pursues his life’s goal, the hunt for his latest virgin conquest. We also see Jennie, one of Telly’s-exgirlfriends, who is on the hunt for Telly to tell him he has made her HIV positive. Their meeting at a ghastly party and the final break-down of Telly’s friend Casper makes KIDS a nightmarish journey that hints uncomfortably at undercurrents of truths.
Director Larry Clark and first-time writer Harmony Korine (not much older than a kid himself) combine their talents to give a cinema verite style film that is raw, blunt and gruelingly shocking. Graphic sexual situations, non-stop obscenities, vulgarities and profanities, nudity and rampant alcohol and substance abuse make it a long and tortured day to endure in KIDS.
(NA, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, D, M) Pagan worldview extoling nihilism -- void of any moral or religious perspectives; hint of lesbianism with 2 young girls kissing; non-stop obscenities (165), vulgarities (32) & profanities (4); 3 acts of violence -- gang beating of man with skateboards, kicking cat & harassing grocer; graphic & explicit sexual situations throughout including intercourse (3), tongue kissing, group sex, orgies, rape, unprotected sex leading to HIV infections, children openly discussing loss of virginity, oral sex, boy masturbating, & minor exposed to sexual situations; full nudity of boy & girl (1), boy pulling off girl's pants & underwear, & boys & girls in underwear; extensive alcohol abuse by children including minors, drunkenness & rampant drug use also involving minors -- smoking pot, breathing nitrous oxide, taking pills, kids doing drugs & doing drug deals, smoking cigarettes, & mother smoking while breast-feeding baby; and, children stealing, turnstile jumping, breaking into public pool at night, urinating on street, spitting in house & on assaulted man, & boy putting tampon in nose & sucking it.