kidulthooddvdWhen I first heard the title of the film ‘Kidulthood’, I was thinking that this has to be one of the worst names for a film. Even further that some could mistake this as a Disney film. After viewing the film, I can put all those thoughts aside as this turned out to be a rather descent film. The story of the film is rather interesting and compelling that keeps you interested from start to finish.

The story of the film revolves around inner city teens going through the struggles of every day life. Their lives have to deal with violence and all kinds of humiliation. The other kids at the school are nothing but abusive treatment. One of the girls ends up hanging herself at the school commiting suicide. This closes the school for the day.

This gives the students time to think back at their lives as violence and drugs are an issue. These kids try to escape from this crazy life that they live on a daily basis. Trife (Aml Ameen) and his girlfriend Alisa (Red Madrell) hang out with Jay and Mooney. These guys are really bad people that aren’t the greatest influence. Then throw in a bully with a rage by the name of Sam (Noel Clarke), things aren’t going too well.

Alisa is worried because she just found out she’s pregnant by Trife, who doesn’t want anything to do with her because he thinks she’s been having sex with Sam . Alisa’s sex-obsessed friend Becky (Jaime Winstone) is no help–she gleefully whores herself out to older perverts to pay for drugs and shopping sprees, and is blissfully unconcerned with anyone’s welfare but her own.

Things really go bad when at a party where there are no parents at the home. Trife and Alisa try to get things back on track with their relationship. Sam the bully is at this party looking to bash in some heads. Then the girl that hung her self has a brother that just purchased a gun and is coming to this party to get revenge on those that wronged his sister. This film is one wild ride that is just amazing on what kids have to deal with in horrible neighborhoods.
The Movie Content: 4/5

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the movie is presented well, especially when you take into account low budget of the production.
Video Quality: 3.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5

Special Features

  • Cast and Crew Interviews Director Menhaj Huda, music supervisor Ian Neil and stars Noel Clarke (Sam), Jamie Winstone (Becky), Red Madrell (Alisa) and Ami Ameen (Trife)
  • Never Seen Before Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scene
  • Exclusive Premiere Footage
  • Exclusive Premiere After party Footage
  • Bonus Track and Picture Gallery
  • Bonus Music Video
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers Previews of Billabong Odyssey, Grizzly Man and 13

Special Features: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts

I was very surprised with ‘Kidulthood’ turning out to be a fairly good movie. The acting was very well done from a bunch of unknown actors. I would highly recommend the film as a rental for those looking to see what goes on the other side of the tracks.
Overall Rating: 4/5 (Rental)