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  • Summary: Based on real events, Kids In America is a teen comedy about a diverse group of high school kids who band together to peacefully kick their principal's ass. (Slowhand Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. 75
    Once in a blue moon a movie escapes the shackles of its genre and does what it really wants to do. Kids in America is a movie like that. It breaks out of Hollywood jail.
  2. Overall, though, you get the exhausting feeling that Stolberg is desperately trying to prove how cool he is. And didn't you see enough of that in high school?
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    Josh Stolberg launches a scalding attack on the stodgy conservatism of the American public school system, only to end up stacking the deck in egregiously smirky and simple-minded ways.
  4. Because Kids in America can't decide whether it wants to be a stock teenage comedy or something more, it ends up stranded in the middle of nowhere.
  5. Well-meaning but woefully unconvincing.
  6. 38
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    30
    Short on real teenage angst and emotion, the film is long on caricatures.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Apr 6, 2011
    10
    This is one of my all time favourite movies. I have been searching for a copy of it the last 5 years and finally found it on YouTube this afternoon after it was allowed to be played in Malaysia. A real movie, which presents real issues. And has a very teen spirit air to it. I would vouch to have this movie screened in high schools around the world. The issues raised in this movie: about teenagers having their own voice is driven in so clearly yet it doesn't bore the teenagers who make up its main target audience. Collapse
  2. OsamaC.
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    I LOVE IT! NICOLE RICHIE IS MY HERO!!! Thanks for makeing this movie, it touches on all adspect of my life.
  3. jessicar.
    Oct 20, 2005
    10
    I really enjoyed this movie! It's light, fun and tries to tackle real issues. Finally, a teen movie that doesn't rely on fart noises and pee jokes for its content. Expand
  4. JacobR.
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    One of the best movies I've ever seen. Wondering why this and strange wilderness are rated so low.
  5. margotg.
    Oct 20, 2005
    9
    The film touches on some very important issues. It handles them with sensitivity and humor. Well done!!
  6. scottr.
    Oct 29, 2005
    8
    How can the critics be so far off on this one? I laughed out loud on several occasions during this film. When a black girl cries racism at being qustioned by cops one cop reminds her that he is black too she has one othe bes comebacks ive seen in years. sure it has problems but is better than most of the other stuff out there now. Expand
  7. tomd.
    Oct 26, 2005
    0
    Not bad but not at all good either. even a cinematic jaguar has to take a dump now and then.

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