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!