Just watched the controversial Kids (written by Harmony Korine and directed by Larry Clark), just cause I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. On the surface, the movie wasn’t that great; the storyline was weak, and I spent most of the movie feeling annoyed at the bad dialogue. But I get why it was shocking and controversial at the time. They pretty much put everything that no one wanted to admit was going on into a movie; Sex, substance abuse, physical violence, drug dealing, theft, date rape and alcohol abuse surrounding a group of young children during the era of HIV in the mid-1990s.
I can see how it would’ve been eye-opening and thought-provoking, even though it’s no longer the kind of film that would shock the modern world today.
The other interesting thing is that it looks like Skins took the Kids concept wholesale and just repackaged it. Even the famous after-party scene where everyone’s passed out in various stages of nudity all over a house was taken from this film.
The full movie is available on youtube in 7 parts.