Kids (1995)

Kids Quote: “Mmmmm. Butterscotch, yo. That’s the best.” – Casper

With her third “Shat The Movies” commission, listener Lisa triggered some really dark memories and icky feelings from Ash, Big D, and Gene. To say reviewing Larry Clark’s “Kids” was difficult would be an understatement.

But we’re glad we did because watching this landmark independent film reminded us it’s just as disturbing now as it was in 1995.

Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, and Leo Fitzpatrick turned our guts inside-out in their film debuts. But did Harmony Korine write the story he’d been waiting to tell all his life, or is this just a movie meant to scare suburban moms?

In this episode, we discuss rolling blunts, which drugs can actually ruin your life, the ’90s HIV scare, how kids actually talk, why we were pulling for Casper, and whether teen girls are victims or young adults exercising their agency.

Plot Summary: “Kids” Amoral teen Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) has made it his goal to sleep with as many virgin girls as possible — but he doesn’t tell them that he’s HIV positive. While on the hunt for his latest conquest, Telly and his best friend, Casper (Justin Pierce), smoke pot and steal from shops around New York. Meanwhile, Jenny (Chloë Sevigny), one of Telly’s early victims, makes it her mission to save other girls from him. But before she has a chance to confront him at a party, everything goes horribly wrong.

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