How a Bunch of Kids Made “Kids” And Freaked Out The Adults

Harmony Korine has established himself as a cinema provocateur but in 1995 he had just graduated from high school and moved to New York City. He collected real-life snippets from the lives of the wild childs around him and condensed it into the script that would become “Kids,” somehow sold that in Hollywood, and then helped recruit the other amateur teenagers that would make the film so startlingly real. These other teenagers included future stars Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny. The stark portrayal of unrepentant excess of every kind shook up the conservative PTA crowd and the film stands as a valuable snapshot of NYC youth culture in the mid 1990s.

‘Kids’: The Oral History of the Most Controversial Film of the Nineties, 7.26.15