“It was the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, and OJ Simpson was on trial. That summer’s youth-oriented movies included Pixar’s first movie Toy Story, the Disney musical Pocahontas — and Kids, in which wayward, stoned teens fuck each other senseless and head-stomp random strangers.
It might be hard to remember just how notorious Larry Clark’s indie-skater odyssey was. The movie grossed a modest $7 million at the box office that summer — a wild success when you account for the fact that it seemed no one would be able to sell a single ticket without going to jail. There were threats of child obscenity. There were accusations of pornography. There was a crippling MPAA rating of NC-17 (it was eventually released unrated). In-between updates on Johnny Cochrane and Kato Kaelin, it was fodder for outraged reports on CNN. And somehow it never seemed like much ado about nothing. Kids felt dangerous. Two decades later, it still does.”
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