Kids in America

64. Kids in America (2005) [Rated PG-13 for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language.]

summary from imdb.com:

A diverse group of high school students band together to peacefully stick it to their overbearing principal.

directed by: Josh Stolberg

starring: Gregory Smith, Julie Bowen, Malik Yoba, Nicole Richie, George Wendt, Adam Arkin, Rosanna Arquette, Elizabeth Perkins, Charles Shaughnessy, Kim Coles, Samantha Mathis, Michelle Phillips, Rain Phoenix

A Trailer

Non-Conservative Reviews

Abortion/Life Content:

Gregory Smith: To be… or not to be… that is the question… No. No. No, that isn’t the question. The question, is whether to question. Whether to take up arms against a sea of adults who urge you to close your eyes and trust us.

Last year, the government sent out 117 million dollars to schools who promised not to teach safe sex… and promote abstinence only. I hope you like the new football field. Would you like to know what it cost? It cost the sexual education of your children. It cost two student abortions cause this school would rather buy a new Jumbotron than hand out a condom. To die. To sleep… To sleep. While a girl is suspended from school. for writing down her thoughts. Creativity cut off at the neck. To sleep while our very own Principal Weller wins an election and becomes State Superintendent so she can force her medieval policies on the rest of this state’s students.

Julie Bowen: That’s enough! That is enough.

Gregory: Wake Up!

Julie: This will stop right now.

Gregory: Don’t vote Weller!

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a review from the Village Voice:

Nicole Richie loyalists are sure to be confounded (along with the rest of us) by Kids in America, the weirdly anti-Bush high school “satire” that is also Richie’s big-screen debut. Very loosely based on true stories, this inelegant paean to free speech begins with the hunky but misunderstood Holden Donovan (Gregory Smith) getting suspended for a piece of performance art; it then proceeds to rip off every teen flick from Heathers to Napoleon Dynamite. Imploring his students to “change ‘da world,” straight-shooting teach Mr. D (Malik Yoba) inspires a ragtag band of clichés to stand up for Holden and take down their superfine, student-hating principal. Mislaid attempts at topical humor generally fare about as well as this atomic bomb: “Trying to find talent at Booker High is like trying to find weapons of mass destruction in my anus.”

part of a review from eFilmCritic:

The storyline is the standard youth good/adults bad gibberish that has been seen a million times before and for a film that reminds us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it is perfectly willing to do so itself. Nearly all the kids are good and pure and the few that don’t immediately fall under Holden’s power do so in time for the finale. The grown-ups, on the other hand, are almost all portrayed as monsters, drunks and/or buffoons.

from Variety’s review:

Instead, Weller is pilloried as a not-so-subtle stand-in for the Bush administration — at one point, she actually invokes the Patriot Act — while at the other end of the spectrum, Charlotte’s mother (Rosanna Arquette), a tofu-munching liberal who reminisces happily about her bra-burning days, is idealized as the ultimate in cool parenting.

Younger thesps are competent enough, though the overall group suggests an almost utopian model of peer diversity, with several of the characters — especially an openly gay student (Alex Anfanger) who rattles off references to Wham! and Bob Fosse — feeling more like types than flesh-and-blood adolescents.

from screenit.com:

Charlotte relates female genital mutilation to the Bush administration and its policy toward women.

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