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American KIDS
By Blake S., Grade 12, Fredericton High School, Fredericton, NB

Larry Clark
Pioneer Video (1995)

The life of American teenagers growing up in New York City in the mid 90's is anything but glamorous. The movie follows the main characters Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) and his best friend Casper (Justin Pierce) through what seems to be an average day of theft, drugs and getting drunk.

Telly, a 17-year old boy with a speech impediment takes great pride in what he calls "virgin surgery", taking away girls virginity for the thrill. Telly's uses the line "there's nothing to worry about" to get the virgin girls into bed with him. Little do the girls (or Telly for that matter) know that when they have unprotected sex with him there is something to worry about.

The 19-year old writer Harmony Korine uses extremely coarse language and "disgusting" slang to show the poor life style these kids live in.

Even though the film is disgusting, it is one you will never forget. It is shot in a documentary like style and makes you feel like you are right there with them the whole way.

This is a movie that must be seen, it will open your eyes and your mind and even touch your heart.


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