Movie Review Kidulthood

Preston, England
June 10, 2017 12:47pm CST
2006 – Spoiler alerts An incredibly violent movie set in London with a virtually unknown cast of youngsters. This runs like a particularly bad day at Grange Hill to many who remember that British TV series. When a 14 year old girl commits suicide after intense bullying at school, the kids are given 48 hours off, and spend it shoplifting, fighting, taking drugs, gaining money through prostitution and preparing for a drug and alcohol fuelled party. One girl discovers she is pregnant and tells her equally under-age lover Trevor, but he initially refuses to stand by her and admit to being the father, so she cruelly taunts him with a lie about having slept with Sam, a hard-line gangster and the leader of the bullies who drove the suicidal girl to her death. Trevor hangs around with his violent pals, but he is increasingly alienated from their World. His alienation peaks when his own uncle gives him a gun, and also obliges on him to help slash open the face of a drug-user who has not paid his debt on time. At the party, Trevor and his pregnant girlfriend Alisa declare their love for one another and they are about to leave both the party and their whole violent criminal lifestyle when Sam arrives and critically beats Trevor up with a baseball bat. Hi own attack is interrupted when the brother of the girl who committed suicide, arrives intent on hooting Sam in revenge. Sam is saved when Trevor uses his dying breath to demand that am be left alive, not out of mercy but because he just isn’t worth killing. Alica grieves for Trevor and Sam is left just standing there while the police and ambulance arrive on the scene as the movie ends. Tense, uncomfortably documentary-like in style with few likable characters, but unforgettable. Trevor and Alicia are not engaging enough for their Romeo & Juliet tragedy to really engage us. It is still pretty potent material. The film has two sequels, Adulthood and Brotherhood. The soundtrack, including songs by Dizzy Rascal and The Streets is terrific too. Youtube – The Streets – Stay Positive Arthur Chappell
The Streets - Stay Positive
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jun 17
Weird. Sounds like someones idea of a reason to film violence.
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• Preston, England
11 Jun 17
@celticeagle it's a cautionary tale and a provocative one - it is intended to shock and eaily succeeds
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jun 17
@arthurchappell .......Sounds like something for a collective audience.
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• Preston, England
12 Jun 17
@celticeagle it would work well for group screenings and discussion
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• United States
10 Jun 17
Hmmm sounds a good one Arthur. I will look for it seems I may like it. Hope you are having a good weekend. Looking at that great block of flats there and listening to the video.
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• Preston, England
10 Jun 17
@TiarasOceanView it is a good song
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• United States
10 Jun 17
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@JohnRoberts (57091)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Jun 17
I have not heard of these Brit films.
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• Preston, England
10 Jun 17
@JohnRoberts Worth looking out for
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Jun 17
Never heard of it, but it sounds good. Haven't heard The Streets in a long time. Thanks for the link.
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• Preston, England
10 Jun 17
@teamfreak16 The Streets were a rare good British rap band - they did some really good material
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