Sunday, August 19, 2012

Kidulthood (2006) R - 3 Stars

Taking place in London, the strong British accents might throw your sense of comprehension for a loop, but stick with it and you'll find you don't really need to hear correctly. Even though I had a real hard time understanding the dialog, btw there are no subtitles, for some reason it didn't bother me. In this case, actions speak louder than words. One should realize right away this movie is about all different forms of bullying. From the young girl who commits suicide, to those who'd rather look away than make a difference, to the prejudice of quilt by association and even teen pregnancy. The film offers a hard look about a variety of behavioral problems of 15 year olds growing up in the hood of west London. Though, not a family film I think it's worth a watch on Netflix. It's not my idea of a quality musical score, however it mimics the on screen chaos well. The acting is surprisingly good.

Trife (Aml Ameen), used to hook up with Alisa (Red Madrell), but now he's turned off after Sam's (Noel Clarke), told him he's been with his girl. That is, right after Sam has just kicked Trife and his good buddies Jay (Adam Deacon), and Moony (Femi Oyeniran), asses. Alisa has just found out she is pregnant and now Trife rejects her, thinking he's not the dad. Meanwhile entire school has been given the day off in out of respect for the memory of one of it's students, a young girl named Becky (Jaime Winstone). Becky has been tortured by other girls and boys at the school and has hung herself when she can no longer endure the constant bullying, mainly by Sam (Noel Clarke). Just about everyone is afraid to confront Sam or the mean girls. These next 24 hours, with the kids turned loose on to the streets of west London, will put them at risk to the same society that has shaped them.

TMC Films, Cipher Films, Stealth Films
Director: Menhaj Huda
Writer: Noel Clarke
Producers: Menhaj Huda, George Isaac, Damian Jones
I viewed 8/12

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