See this film; it isn't your typical teen film
When I rented "Kids in America" with the ever-social socialite NicoleRichie, I didn't expect this film to be anything more than a gross teencomedy (i.e.: American Pie, American Wedding, etc...) worthy of a fewlaughs. I was wrong. Gregory Smith's Holden (perhaps named after thefamous Holden Caulfield, from the GREATEST BOOK EVER, The Catcher inthe Rye???) is great in this film. He is likable, clever, and thefilm's dominant hero. Holden and his crush Charlotte (played by thevery beautiful Stephanie Sherrin) along with 5 other main--but equallydifferent--characters form a band of rebels. This is basically theplot: The group of kids plot to destroy their principal's reputationand stop all chances of her being the Superintendent. There are pranks,jokes, and of course, teenage romance (Holden & Charlotte re-enactwell-known make out scenes from famous movies, while answering thequestion "How many different ways can two people mack on eachother?")However, the thing about Kids in America that sets it apartfrom other films is that it focuses more on reaching the audience andencouraging them to make a change. Entertainment is key, yes, but thisfilm got me thinking for a good 15 minutes. If a film can do this, why,I must applaud it. Also, Julie Bowen is great as the controlling,tyrannical Principal, while Rosanna Arquette plays Charlotte's hippieSuper Mom. I recommend seeing this film. It really knows what it'ssaying to its audience and no, it's not just a dumb teen comedy. It's asmart film with a good mantra: Change The World.