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

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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 (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FA3SNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,920 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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3.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2011
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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By H Root on 30 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this expecting a feature film. instead amazon seem to have sent me a documentary about sub-cultural gangs in London.

My wife an I endeavored to get the subtitles working but gave up in despair. We could not understand a word. (The underclass ladies and gents in this documentary certainly do not speak the Queen's English that we use here in Henley on Thames.)

The documentary ends with a murder -to which neither the director nor the camera crew intervene. I was not expecting one of those snuff movies and nobody even attempts to call the police after an obvious homicide. There are also numerous scenes of drug taking and under age sex. I have posted my copy to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph

However, I am not surprised that the BBC continues to waste licence payer's money on such filth .
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Thayne on 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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By Lovebug on 7 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
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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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Ramdewar on 30 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
To start off this film is very much single minded. It doesn't dodge any subjects and it only shows the one extremist side of teenage life. It does not make the statement that all teenagers are sex mad,drug addicts with deep social problems.
The film does reference to all of the above though. It tackles many issues and always comes up with a positive meaning without being patronising, or parent like.
The film feels a little slow in parts with a few scenes slightly strained out.The writing on the whole is brilliant,caputuring a story taking places over 2-3 days.
The best thing about the film is the writing in fact.The teenagers actually use words teenagers use, the feeling of realism is uncanny sometimes (as a 17 year old Londoner myself),it's suprisingly captures the contemporary feeling of many teenagers in 'poorer' areas.
The film very rarely steps onto abstract areas, with simple and believable ideas throughout,with a few touches of comedy.
Unfortunately its best attribute is its downfall.Some older generations may not be able to understand the most part of the film as it uses much coloquial teenage language throughout.This will (guarenteed) add to comedic value as the words quickly date with the fast paced generation it encompasses. Think of it as how 'A Hard Days Night' was a film of its time.
As a stand-alone contemporary film, no other has shown the British 'ghetto' as well as this,this beats the highly reccomended Bulletboy.It shows what Britain as a nation of film can do and is a harrowing image and dramatisation (striking similarities though) of hard, teenage life. Highly reccomended!
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