An excellent, original, hilarious movie, which I would recommend to anyone. (by wescravenfan01)
Kids in America is am AMAZING, original movie, with a wonderful storyline, an intelligent cast, and an amazing director. The story, inspired by true events, was different from any other movie I've ever seen. It is an inspirational comedy, whose cast is filled with extraordinary actors. Alex Anfanger, Lawrence Reitzer was hilarious, and stole every scene he was in. Gregory Smith Holden Donovan was a powerful lead character, who continued to strive for what he believed in. This outstanding cast played extremely believable characters, who really made the movie interesting. The co-writer <more>
Josh Stolberg was unbelievable in his directorial debut, really capturing the essence of each character, and making each scene work. I thought this was an amazing, inspirational, smart teen comedy, with a good message, a rarity in today's Hollywood, where every movie is identical. I cannot wait to see this movie again. I would recommend this to anyone who is tired of unoriginal movies. I give it a 10/10.If free speech, and standing up for what you believe in is Liberal, then this film is farther left than Farenheit 9/11
An outstanding, realistic portrayal of what high school is, and what it should be. (by MichaelJKrueger2001)
An outstanding film which I recommend to any open-minded, person who values their Constitutional rights, and is in the mood for a good movie.This film is based on real events, and is wonderful in every aspect. The acting is outstanding, the writing is extraordinary, and it is undoubtedly one of the BEST films that I have ever seen and will ever see.This masterpiece is about a REALISTIC high school, where the students have about as many rights as they do in any real high school, which aren't too many. They're forbidden to express any negativity towards the school policies, and are <more>
expelled for following their own path in life.The main character Holden Donovan Gregory Smith plays a student who was expelled from school due to an artistic monologue which questioned the principal's finesse in handling such delicate issues as sex ed., and poetry with a negative view towards the school.Holden brings together his group of friends in an attempt to revolt against the principal's overbearing policies. He is encouraged by his AV teacher Will Drucker Malik Yoba who feels that the students have a right to defend their beliefs.This film is NOT a film with a liberal agenda in the least. It encourages teens to stand up for what's right, and I feel that referring to this film as anti-Bush is an insult to the Republican party. Last time I checked my history book BOTH th Republicans and the Democrats agreed on free speech. This film shows how teens have few, if any rights in the real world, and shows that they should not sit for it.This film steps out of the normal mold of teen comedies, in which naked women run around having sex for no apparent reason. It is unique in the aspect that this film is inspirational, and EXTREMELY enjoyable. I think that Josh Stolberg, Andrew Shaifer, and everyone involved in this film did an Unbelievable job. I would give this movie a 10/10.
See this film; it isn't your typical teen film (by stephosaurusrex)
When I rented "Kids in America" with the ever-social socialite Nicole Richie, I didn't expect this film to be anything more than a gross teen comedy i.e.: American Pie, American Wedding, etc... worthy of a few laughs. I was wrong. Gregory Smith's Holden perhaps named after the famous Holden Caulfield, from the GREATEST BOOK EVER, The Catcher in the Rye??? is great in this film. He is likable, clever, and the film's dominant hero. Holden and his crush Charlotte played by the very beautiful Stephanie Sherrin along with 5 other main--but equally different--characters <more>
form a band of rebels. This is basically the plot: The group of kids plot to destroy their principal's reputation and stop all chances of her being the Superintendent. There are pranks, jokes, and of course, teenage romance Holden & Charlotte re-enact well-known make out scenes from famous movies, while answering the question "How many different ways can two people mack on each other?" However, the thing about Kids in America that sets it apart from other films is that it focuses more on reaching the audience and encouraging them to make a change. Entertainment is key, yes, but this film got me thinking for a good 15 minutes. If a film can do this, why, I must applaud it. Also, Julie Bowen is great as the controlling, tyrannical Principal, while Rosanna Arquette plays Charlotte's hippie Super Mom. I recommend seeing this film. It really knows what it's saying to its audience and no, it's not just a dumb teen comedy. It's a smart film with a good mantra: Change The World.
dead poet society gone berserk (by leavessnailtrails)
I went to the premiere of this kick-ass movie. Not only did I nearly wet myself during the screening; but also can I not stop talking about it, and little scenes just seem to come popping back in my head all the time and without warning yeah, I am getting help for that, don't worry. This film is very well made. For a newbie director, I was surprised to see a stellar cast like this entrusted to him, but now I know why -- Josh Stolberg rocks! Oh, when I wrote about the incredible cast, I was clearly not speaking about Nicole Richie, whom I hate, although in this movie, she could have been <more>
worse --more credit to Josh. Stick around for the credits too, the girls that inspired the writer and director are worth listening to. In short, this is a timely, inspiring, hysterical movie that will leave you with much to talk and ruminate about. Go see it. and no, I am not affiliated with it
It's really nice to finally see a movie about teens that show them as thoughtful and passionate about things other than keg parties. This is NOT a perfect movie. The lower budget is pretty easy to see. I mean, just the fact that I didn't even know the film existed until I saw the poster in the movie theater says a lot. But I was able to overlook some of the problems. Half the stuff that Hollywood puts out and wraps in pretty packages for teenagers to consume are worthless. And the characters are worthless. I liked these "kids". I respected them. And I feel that they it had a <more>
lot to say. As did the film.It's not for everyone, but it certainly is great to see a movie that not only tries to make a difference, but tries to be different.
I've seen many films over the years, and Kids in America did have some parts where I thought they were like, "Uh, that could've been deleted," But overall, it was really good. It really has that effect in it, where it can inspire all teens around the world. The writer of the film put parts in it that are really true. I've seen stuff like that happen almost everyday in my school that I go to. When watching this, I felt I was watching a camera just roll through the hallways. It's something I can really relate to, and I like movies with that kind of story. It something <more>
interesting, and that can pull my attention easily. It's really easy to relate to problems kids face, and this movie will make it even easier for kids to understand. I give this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10. "A wonderful teen movie for everyone," would be the review I give it. I think this movie would be worth your money at the movie theater. Good movie, I really enjoyed it.
I went to see an early screening of Kids in America also probably the same one as "melinalives" . I agree with most of what she had to say. It was really enjoyable. It's pretty funny especially one scene with same sex kissing where I couldn't hear a couple of lines because people around me were laughing so hard . It's definitely a comedy, but it also tackles some serious issues, which for me was the reason I enjoyed it. Yes, there are a couple of times you can see the cracks show because it's not a big budget movie, but the lower budget doesn't stand in <more>
it's way and for me, it was refreshing to see a teen movie that was smart . There is an homage to old 80s movies like "Sixteen Candles" that's really cool. I think melinalives said it right when she commented that "it's heart is in the right place". The performances are really good I don't know who the lead boy is, but he's charming . If I were to find one fault with the film, the first ten minutes or so are a little bumpy but then it finds it's groove and I really got into it. And the last kiss was awesome... I'll be looking for it in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Light comedy, weighty subject, a moving feast of a film. (by captwacky)
The film offers viewers an all too brief journey into politics and playfulness in a public school with an overbearing principal running for political office. She expels the male lead and Mr. D, voted teacher of the year for 5 years running and the one teacher who challenges his students to think, is fired and as expected the students rebel. A somewhat predictable story of teenage angst and a 2005-view of sexual orientation. A public school ruthless in its policing duties, the protagonist-principal has no desire or purpose other than maintaining the free range of her own narcotic narcissism, <more>
spewing exclusivity and dominance over the intellect, conscience, human potential of the students and teachers at her every turn. Unreceptive to interrogation, she cannot form or tolerate new ideas, try as she might to shape the thoughts of others, or tolerate independent thought. Yet there it is - a diamond glitters: Emily playing an ABC American-born Chinese, third generation and a scene stealer of the first order, predatory, yet sentimental and sexy. We recommend you see Emily, oops!, the film.
Surprised I Missed This One But Glad I Caught It Later (by Retroman40)
I am surprised as well as a little sorry that I missed this film since as a writer for my school paper in the 70s in was censored by the school principal after a story that caused him some distress our adviser took a hit too, but he was very much like the film instructor in this movie . It turned out that he had his hands in a lot of things and his primary goal was making the school look good. What saved me at the time was everything I wrote was the truth.From the description of the movie I expected this to be "The Breakfast Club" 1985 meets "Ferris Buehler's Day <more>
Off" 1986 . I was pleasantly surprised to find this not to be so with only a hint of Breakfast Club.Although kids generally shouldn't resort to arson, I can honestly see most of the scenarios playing out even today. If my principal had ignored my editorial it would have got some laughs and died, instead he chose to escalate it. I still see schools make a big deal out of things that would just fade away. In a scene that is often repeated today, the principal manages to turn the students involved in very trivial protests into martyrs through unnecessary suspensions and expulsions all in the name of "maintaining good order".The movie is rather well written and acted. The pace is excellent. From top to bottom every role was certainly believable to me. I actually "know" or have "known" every major character in the movie. In the end, students have been getting over on school administrators for years and will continue to do so forever.