(By Gerry Wang)
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK #6
by Gerry Wang
(directed by Gus Van Sant)
_____Brace yourself for
this one. This movie is perverted, sickening, disturbing,
and just plain uncomfortable to watch. Which is why I am
recommend it, because of the lasting power of its
imagery. You won't ever look at teenagers the same way.
_____KIDS is about one
day in the life of a group of teenagers, 14-15 years old.
The opening scene is of Telly, the main character, having
sex with a 13-year old looking girl, while she's yelping
"It hurts." This is because she's a virgin, and
as Telly later explains, he prefers deflowering virgins
because they feel tighter.
_____Later we meet his
good friend, Casper or something. I forgot. Then we
follow the duo as they shoplift, beat people up, and go
to friends' apartments to take drugs and smoke joints.
When Telly and Casper take drugs, so do younger kids who
look 8-9 years old. They look like they've done this for
a long time. I mean, it's actually little kids smoking a
cigarette! Somehow, this unnerved me.
_____There is a subplot
involving a girl named Jenny, who learns that Telly has
given her the HIV virus. So she spends the whole day
trying to locate him to stop him from spreading the
disease, while she herself copes w/ the fact that she's
gonna die. She finds out that Telly is pursuing another
virgin that same day, and she wants to stop him before he
gives the virgin his HIV. Just plain sad.
_____This is one time
where I am willing to give away the ending. Because you
know it's going to happen. Telly ends up having sex w/
that virgin, and she's infected. Jenny gets drugged out,
and Casper rapes her while she's passed out. So now they
all have AIDS.
_____You can see why
this movie upset me so much. These kids look like our
little brothers and sisters. That girl in the beginning
looked so young. She could be anyone's baby daughter, and
there she is, having sex and squealing in pain. It was
difficult to watch KIDS.
_____So I think you
should rent KIDS so you can have a truly fidgety
experience. I couldn't just sit still while I watched.
But it is an important message about the degeneration of
childrens' values in this day and age. And after the
movie ends, we are compelled to try to make the world a
better, moral place.
Chick-o-meter: 3 (While girls will appreciate the
morality of the film, some scenes are much too nauseating