How to talk about Kids? Hmmmmm….let’s start from the beginning. This was, once again, around the same time Pulp Fiction came out. And, it was right after I went to college. I dragged a couple of my friends to go see it, and they still won’t let me forget it. Yes, the film is disturbing. It was controversial. And, it is certainly not your feel-good movie. But, I was obsessed with it. The documentary style and the way it was shot gave it a, if you pardon the cliche, gritty feel. The fact it was set in New York made the whole movie so much more intense. The actors were not even trained actors, but they pulled it off. They were so unpolished and perfect for the parts. I thought everything just worked. I wanted to know everything about the film. I found every newspaper and magazine clipping that I could find and read about it. (I still have all that stuff.) I was so mesmerized by the whole experience.
Why is it one of my favorites? I think because it took the concept of an “art film” to the place I wish more art films went. Tight story telling. A great look in an urban landscape. Interesting topic. It didn’t try to do too much while still doing a lot. And to this day, I think it is still relevant and shocking even though I don’t believe that was Larry Clark’s vision, although some might disagree.