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Kids in America (2005)

Kids in America

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

October 21, 2005 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

91 min.

Studio

Slow Hand Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Josh Stolberg

Producer

Andrew Shaifer

Screenwriter

Andrew Shaifer, Josh Stolberg

Starring

Story


KIDS IN AMERICA is a reality-based comedy-drama about the experiences of young people in modern-day America. Set in the fictional Booker High School a diverse group of students are tired of seeing their freedoms taken away. They band together and change their world by empowering themselves and their community to protect freedoms of expression and speech. Holden Donovan (Gregory Smith) is fed up with Principal Weller (Julie Bowen) who goes to great lengths to stop the students from exercising their right to free expression. She expels a young woman for passing out condoms and advocating safe sex on national "safe sex" day and suspends two boys who were kissing in the hallway. Meanwhile, she is running for the Superintendent of their school district, which will give her a chance to practice her brand of administration beyond Booker High School. The students have an ally in Mr. Drucker (Malik Yoba) one of their teachers who encourages them to fight for their rights.

He pays a price for his leadership and is fired by Principal Weller. He decides to use his dismissal to make a change of his own, by producing a documentary chronicling the experiences of students who are faced with similar issues. As the story unfolds, Donovan befriends a group of kids including love interest Charlotte (Stephanie Sherrin), Lawrence (the gay boy caught in the act in the hallway), Chuck, Walanda, Emy and Katy. Together they organize the student body to eventually take action and make change. They organize a campaign to inform the voting adult community of the principal's antics and ultimately Weller looses her election and is forced to leave Booker High.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a trite teen comedy burdened with lofty aspirations of rallying adolescent audiences to political action..”
by Tim Grierson [L.A. Weekly]
“..jumps around a lot with no real flow or continuity and way too many unnecessary scenes..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
“..well-meaning but woefully unconvincing..”
by Sheri Linden [The Hollywood Reporter]