The return of Kids

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13 Responses to “The return of Kids”

  1. Mister44 says:

    Never saw the film – but I did have the sound track and thought is was quite good.

  2. FoolishOwl says:

    “Kids” was probably the worst movie I’ve ever seen. In the late 80s and 90s, I was used to local news programs continuosly harping on evil children running amock, especially minority children, with an implicit message that children should be under complete lockdown at all times.

    The movie took all of this reactionary nonsense to an extreme. “The virgin hunter, the AIDS plotline, and the rape scene at the end were fictional”, and were also about half the content of the movie, the other half being mostly child porn, and more than a little racism.

    • Intervale Cross says:

      I believe the implication was that one of the people the “virgin surgeon” had sex with was not actually a virgin (or maybe had contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion or needle use), and that he really should have been using condoms.

      • FoolishOwl says:

        Not an implication at all. The “virgin surgeon” insisted he only had sex with underage virgins. There was no mention of other possible methods of transmission, or of prevention methods.

        As I recall, I was watching the movie with some friends who were active in AIDS prevention education, and all were aghast. At the time, I was mostly upset by the demonization of children.

    • devophill says:

       >The implication, never contradicted in the movie, was that somehow AIDS was spontaneously generated by sex.

      That’s the wrongest conclusion anybody has ever jumped to. The message I got was that Telly was an idiot and a liar; if you believed what he was saying you were as naive as the girls he was seducing.

  3. L_Mariachi says:

    What else I remember being fictional was the idea that anyone who wasn’t a tourist or NYU freshman would buy the ditchweed they sold in Washington Square Park then, and that some 15 year old skater could get away with clocking a dealer with his board there. 

    The “look what awful things the teenagers are up to now!” exploitation genre has a long history dating back at least to Reefer Madness. At least Reefer Madness is funny.

  4. Chris Hayes-Kossmann says:

    Thanks for posting this. Despite having known about the film for years (and having watched it without noticing any family resemblance), I only recently discovered that Justin was a close relative of mine, and anything I can learn about him now is a gift.

  5. Brad Bell says:

    I don’t recognise many of the comments about the movie. I thought it was just a good raw movie about kids who lived in the city. I didn’t recognise them as signs of social failures, parental failures, etc. Kids as young as 14 routinely drink beer, smoke dope, form a tribe around a passion, whether it’s skateboarding or prog rock, and most importantly, spend all their time trying to have sex. The less they have, the more they talk about it. These kids seemed like a NYC version of generic teenagers, and demographics alone would suggest they would be slightly more extreme versions.

    • Navin_Johnson says:

       A group of friends skating, drinking 40s, smoking weed, and always trying to have sex, this was pretty much what a young period of my life was like for me. “Kids” was a bit grittier, but I knew other kids who were doing harder drugs and getting into bigger trouble.

  6. Tedhealey says:

    I love that is is right before Romney’s Quiverfull post.

  7. Nash Rambler says:

    It blew me away when I saw it age 17, but I dunno, I’m more jaded now.  I suspect some unknown parental rage would rise up in me.

  8. relawson says:

    That movie landed smack in the timeline of my life when i’m fresh in high school, and a skater. Of course I saw it!

    And I still think it sucked. 

    The narrative article, though, was amazing.

  9. galaxies says:

    Awesome movie. 

    ps: check out Harold Hunter’s part (circa 98) in the first Zoo York video here -> http://media.thrashermagazine.com/Classics_HaroldHunterMixTape.mp4

    He was good.. RIP harold

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