"Too Much Modern Realism"
What You Need To Know:
KISSES is whimsical, funny and sometimes harrowing, but there are problems. First, the children are not above cursing. Second, they don’t believe in God. Then, it comes out that Kylie has been sexually abused by her uncle. This issue is not resolved. Also, during the night, Kylie barely escapes when two apparent perverts try to kidnap her. The negative content warrants extreme caution.
(PaPa, RoRo, HH, Ab, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, D, M) Strong mixed pagan worldview with Romantic and humanist elements, including brief statements rejecting belief in God; 49 obscenities (mostly “f” words), one strong profanity and one My God profanity; two men try to kidnap girl in their car but she escapes, boy hangs onto rear of car to stop would-be kidnappers, image of dead body, father shoves son and then punches mother, son wounds father in head after father punches mother, and children find a dead body; teenagers make a crude sexual taunt to two younger children, girl tells friend of sexual abuse incident by her uncle and two 12- or 13-year-olds kiss twice, one of which lasts a long time in a series of kisses in a close up shot; brief partial upper and rear female nudity when two children run through a strip bar to escape someone; alcohol use and father gets drunk; smoking; and, two children run away from home, girl steals sandwich and kids hop onto small boat when told not to do it.
KISSES is a whimsical modern fairy tale from Ireland about two older children who run away to the big city for one night. Sadly, it deals with some rough issues, and the two lead characters have become so hurt that they have already lost much of their innocence. They also have lost their belief in God and only find comfort in one another.
Two children, Kylie and Dylan, live in a rundown suburban housing complex outside Dublin. Set in a virtual wasteland, the tract is devoid of life, color and any prospect of escape.
After a violent confrontation with his drunken father, who’s shouting at Dylan’s mother, Dylan and Kylie run away. They hitch a ride into the city with a friendly canal boatman to find Dylan’s older brother, who ran away a couple years before. The city of Dublin becomes a kaleidoscope of magic, wonder and mystery for Dylan and Kylie. As the night progresses, however, Dublin takes on a darker character. The two children learn they must rely on the kindness of strangers and each other if they are to survive.
KISSES is whimsical, funny and sometimes harrowing. When the children travel into the city, the black and white film turns into color, a device that works. There are several problems, however. First, the hunt for Dylan’s brother often gets sidetracked and is not resolved. Second, the children are not above cursing and other crude dialogue. Third, they express disbelief in God. Then, it comes out that Kylie has been sexually abused by her uncle. This issue also is not resolved. Also, during the night, two apparent perverts try to kidnap Kylie, and she barely escapes with her life. Finally, the two children grow affectionate with one another. They share two big kisses, one of which persists for quite some time.
Because of the strong negative content, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for KISSES.