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

Aml Ameen , Red Madrell , Menhaj Huda    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FA3SNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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
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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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age... 30 May 2006
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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1.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUSLY BAD 7 Oct 2014
By Lovebug
So shockingly bad it's almost good.
It's like a blue version of Grange Hill or something, a ridiculous fantasy take on London youth culture - I know it's bleak for kids in the city, but this is absolute nonsense.
The acting is weak, the plot is laughable and the direction clumsy.
Worst of all, you have to worry that it simply glamorises anti social behaviour, casual violence and recreational drug use.
Tosh - Noel Clarke was in his late twenties when he wrote this...bit embarrassing
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good film along with the young actors. 14 Jun 2014
By junior
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I brought this when first came out in 2006 when in college the acting is very well rehersed and noal clark directing is good. As well as playing a part in the film ive got the original and had to get the directors cut for the extra seanes so it was worth the buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 30 April 2014
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Item came a day early which was great and I got free sweets! Highly recommend this. DVD was sealed and brand new
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine. 18 April 2014
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It works fine. Dispatch was nice and quick. Good film, no marks or scratches on the disc. Works like a charm.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thick teenagers running amok with bad language 24 Mar 2014
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
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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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