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Kidulthood [Blu-ray] [2006] [Region Free]

Aml Ameen , Red Madrell , Menhaj Huda    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Jamie Winstone, Adam Deacon
  • Directors: Menhaj Huda
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FA3SNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Trife is a 15-year-old West Londoner, torn between doing the right thing and mounting peer pressure to do the opposite. His circle of friends are not the only negative influence in his life: his uncle, too, seems to be leading him astray. When a tragedy involving a young girl s suicide forces the school to close, Trife and his classmates are faced with extracurricular activities like gang violence, drugs and casual sex. KIDULTHOOD paints a fairly bleak picture of what it must be like growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, but manages to offset the popular image of antisocial youths, with the deeply troubled, emotionally frail human beings they really are. Aml Ameen, who plays Trife, is convincing as a young boy desperately trying to escape his circumstances and not end up a victim. KIDULTHOOD takes its cue from such socially-conscious films as KIDS and packs a powerful, disturbing punch. The soundtrack features contributions from urban acts Dizzee Rascal, Kano, and The Streets.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Grange Hill 21 July 2011
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
In my mid-teens I was more the geeky type who hung around the library at school rather than a street lurker taking drugs and speaking in that fake 'gansta' accent which has become so popular over the last decade. Although this film reflects a social group I don't really identify with, I can still appreciate the very personal stories which weave together in this British film which speaks to an audience often overlooked - for many there are scenarios and characters in Kidulthood with whom they can identify.

This initially feels like several disjointed stories taking place shortly after the suicide of a girl, a victim of bullying. But the stories start to intersect and end up interwoven in a series of events which neatly come together and reach a tidy conclusion throughout course of the day this film is set. The film doesn't shy away from portraying the drugs culture and the sexual activities of these fifteen year olds. Their behaviour is violent, and regularly vulgar but the youths here aren't demonised, by getting to see their personal circumstances we can see how they are often misunderstood and mistreated - something even they fail to recognise.

The synthetic dialect and accent along with the macho positioning is pure pure showmanship, and inside these are still kids with insecurities. As the characters develop we see that those who take drugs want escape, those who are promiscuous want affection, and those who are violent need to feel in control of a life controlled by others. Kidulthood doesn't glamorise drug taking or underage sex, for those involved it all seems so cool but for us the viewer we get to see their microcosm from the outside and instead of looking on in awe we recognise how sad it really all is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure audience? 10 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you wanted to know about English secondary education in the previous two decades, then this DVD might be one side of a story. Of cause the P. Lawrence head-murder case and killing of teenager/school-student Stephen Lawrence (no relation) both during the 1990s colours the perception of this 21st Century film for those over 35-40 today.

The outtakes/extra DVD footage has the (adult, acting young) actors describing this film as not suitable for U18's so if you go to a British school this film might be what you know about already, and if not then may not make so much sense to you.

Thought it was good for a first viewing, but only watched it once since. (forgot to review...)
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age... 30 May 2006
Format:DVD
Kidulthood is one of those films that will incite debate. Love it or hate it, Kidulthood serves as a commentary on contemporary society, from which ever angle you choose to look.

The film centres around a group of teenagers at high school in inner-city London. With the suicide of one of their classmates, they are given the day off, using it for less than constructive means, resulting ultimately in tragedy.

If the extreme storylines don't feel a bit too much for your tastes, the language certainly will. At times, you feel yourself screaming for a full sentence to be uttered, as the film would appear to give a negative view of today's youth. But, the film's fast pace, however, reflects a youth growing up too fast, tangled in a web of sex, drugs and violence before receiving a National Insurance number. You can't argue that this film depicts elements within our society.

Despite this extreme nature and inconsistencies among the characters, Kidulthood is definately worth your hard-earned time, particularly for the direction of Menhaj Huda. Clever use of camerawork give the film a stylish feel and the more poignant moments of the film are dealt with believably, building to a rarity in modern cineam: a strong ending.

Whatever message you feel this film offers, it certainly works. Despit its flaws, it gives a good depiction of modern teenage life. Whether portraying the extremes or an accurate message, kidults will love this film!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay film 20 April 2008
Format:DVD
Persuaded to rent this by my daughter. Being from London the youth-speak was easy to follow. Bit worrying if you don't know what the little sods- sorry teenagers- get up to. Reasonably well acted. Not a bad film at all. Important not to over-hype though. Not one to show to your nan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thick teenagers running amok with bad language 24 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
The film tells the story of a group of very thick swearing teenagers mostly black who like to go around abusing other children. It relies on bad language for its efects. After 45 minutes of relentless bad language and total monotony I turned off. Be smart, Dont bother.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Urgh 8 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my girlfriend, who was very much working class. That's fine, but she seemed to think this film was making some kind of special point about the lives of people in socio-economic class 8. It's not, really, is it? It is trying too hard to make a point, and not hard enough to make an enjoyable film.

I don't need to buy a DVD to experience anti-social scumbags, I can just go outside. There is no point buying this DVD if your postcode starts with "SE".
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1.0 out of 5 stars item was not to the qulitey as it send on amazon 14 Jan 2014
By Charlie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
when i got the item and when i opend it up the disc is all scratched and on amazon it said it was used but good condition

i recormend this to no one
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The Yoof of today eh!
Britain's answer to Larry Clark's Kids, Kidulthood works hard for realism and shock value but falls somewhere in between. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting!
Excellent movie which packs a punch and shows no quarter....fantastic acting all round......gritty with a heart underneath that makes you think hard about life...
Published 6 months ago by Graham Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Kidulthood
Was a gift for my son, excellent film, not for the squeamish, a bit violent. Good value for money. Prompt delivery.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. C. Felton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
I hope my film will be as good as this one. Most kids I spoke to about it knew about it already. Really shocking stuff! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miles Alura
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portrayal of UK and London
Great film, all the actors portrayed just how this country and London is now.
People not speaking good English at all...gis a job, I don't think so!. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Kidulthood
Excellent DVD which I purchased for myself and I love it, one the best DVD'S I have seen in a long time.
Published 9 months ago by Brian Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars K
It was class I liked the way they were all playing druggies and not caring causing s*** it was a really good film
Published 10 months ago by Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful item
I found this item to be very useful when I needed it and I was glad to be able to recieve it.
Published 11 months ago by Conor Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a very important film
Kidulthood is a highly intelligent snapshot of some sections of British youth (I am tempted to say "urban youth", but I won't, for reasons I'll make clear later) in the early 21st... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. J. Ward
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