Kids in America PG-13

Kids in America
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 7, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Screen Media
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten17%

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Total Count: 36

Upright65%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 7,429
Would be easier to root for if it weren't so very pleased with itself.
Variety
Oct 21, 2005
What a wasted opportunity.
Ebert & Roeper
Oct 24, 2005
Rating: 2.5/4 -- (They) let their political agenda blunt the laughs, or, conversely, let their comedic inclinations dilute the film's social message.
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Oct 25, 2005
Rating: 2/4 -- You get the exhausting feeling that Stolberg is desperately trying to prove how cool he is.
New York Daily News
Oct 21, 2005
Rating: 3.5/5 -- For sheer nerve, I give it full marks, even if it can't quite overcome its limitations in other areas. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Oct 27, 2005
Rating: 2.5/5 -- The cast keeps it watchable, but it's not a flick you'll remember for more than 45 minutes. Full Review
DVDTalk.com
Mar 21, 2006
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Filmmaker Josh Stolberg claims to have been inspired by real-life events, but mostly he ineptly rips off other movies and wastes a cast that includes Rosanna Arquette, Adam Arkin and Elizabeth Perkins.
New York Post
Oct 21, 2005

Product Description:

Booker High has fallen under the draconian leadership of Principal Weller (Julie Bowen), who is systemically revoking the rights of the school's students in her effort to become School Superintendent. Fortunately, English teacher Mr. Drucker (Malik Yoba), a former documentary filmmaker specializing in social issues, is encouraging a small group of students to "change da world." Most inspired by Drucker is Holden Donovan (Gregory Smith of TV's EVERWOOD), who uses a talent show as a platform to lambaste Weller's suppression of free speech. His stunt gets him expelled, but he isn't deterred from haunting the school--with some help from a similarly determined group of free thinkers--and seeing that Weller never makes it to the school board.

Taking the average teen film template and twisting it into something smarter, Josh Stolberg's funny, goodhearted KIDS IN AMERICA provides the requisite amount of sex jokes, but makes a clear case for freedom of expression and tolerance. Unabashedly critical of the Bush administration, it also sees Weller cite the Patriot Act as a defense for ignoring students' rights and expelling two gay students for kissing. Including several visual homages to classic teen films, and using interviews with real kids who upheld free speech in their schools to replace the usual closing-credits bloopers, KIDS IN AMERICA challenges the ordinary.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: October 21, 2005
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  • Sales Rank: 21,371
  • UPC: 852459002810
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