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Effectiveness of movies: The example of "Kids" by Larry Clark

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  1. Introduction
  2. The need for an extremely brief plot summary
  3. The film: A realistic interpretation of mislead youth in modern day America
  4. The one thing can be appreciated about the production.
  5. Conclusion

Ever since the creation of the first motion picture, there have been numerous debates over the ?effectiveness? of a vast multitude of movies. The term effectiveness is a very broad expression and can be used to cover a huge variety of areas. On a generic basis, did it make the viewer exert a certain emotion, laughter or tears; did it outrage the viewer; did it leave you thinking? Each of the above questions can be used to rank the effectiveness of any given movie. There are movies, however, that when viewed can evoke every possible emotion, outrage and teach you valuable lessons at the same time, and all around leave a lasting impression in the minds of those watching with both negative and positive connotations. In my generation, Larry Clark is a director that is renowned for creating such films. In his 1995 eye-opener, ?KIDS?, Clark directs a movie that is the best example of this phenomenon I have seen. ?KIDS? is a movie that has the capability of making you cry, laugh, become extremely angry, grow curious, etc. The fact that this movie was an effective one goes without question. It is a movie that after watching it for the first time is capable of lingering under your skin for a long time. The real question is what kind of effect does the movie actually have after it is viewed.

[...] They believed that by depicting some of the worst- case scenarios of today's youth, others would try to prevent such problems. Some critics believe that this movie can be used as a learning tool. For example, the first time I actually saw this film was in my health class in high school. We were deemed mature enough to witness the grotesque behavior of these contemporary teenagers, and told to act nothing like that. The reason as to why some critics have given such positive feedback is because they somehow believe that these plot twists are what happens to modern day youth in America. [...]


[...] In the movie, a perfect example of this can be found when the group of degenerate boys is discussing sex. One actually states that ?AIDS is not a real thing, just something made up by adults to scare kids.? His reasoning for this was that he knew no one with the disease except for people on television. In my opinion, today's youth is more intelligent than that, but the connection is still there. For example, many teenagers nowadays may believe it is impossible for them to become pregnant or impregnate someone. [...]


[...] My opinions extend way past the content and into the actual points Clark is trying to express in I do not quite understand how any critic can call this film a realistic interpretation of mislead youth in modern day America. It is true that any of the plot lines can be followed by someone, somewhere, but for a group of kids to behave this inhumane is unheard of. Is unprotected sex, AIDS, drugs, violence, rape all real problems facing society? [...]

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