I have never seen Larry Clark's film Kids and I can't even remember if it made it to my local multiplex during the Miramax-friendly 1990's. (I saw plenty of now-forgotten fare; remember 54 or Sliding Doors?) This article locates the movie in the New York skateboarding culture of the period, and while Kids launched the careers of Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny it's non-actors like the late Harold Hunter (pictured) who were the heart of the film.
Those of us who watched Kids as adolescents, growing up in an era before iPhones, Facebook, and Tiger Moms, had our minds blown from wherever we were watching–whether it was the Angelika Film Center on the Lower East Side or our parents’ Midwestern basements. We were captivated by the entirely unsupervised teens smoking blunts, drinking forties, hooking up, running amok and reckless through the New York City streets. Simultaneously, the driving storyline highlighted the terror of HIV and AIDS, which was at its apex in the mid-nineties.