Kids in Love

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Flat coming-of-age film has cursing, sex.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 87 minutes

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Positive Messages

Be open to new experiences, and you never know who you'll meet or what you might end up doing. Not everything will be great, but sometimes daring to try something different can lead to amazing discoveries and new friends. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jack is newly out of high school and trying to figure out what he likes, what he wants to do, and what will bring joy and meaning to his life. While there are plenty of people who want to tell him what he should be doing, Evelyn is the one who encourages him to decide for himself. 

Violence

Two friends get into an argument, and one shoves the other. 

Sex

There's a fair amount of flirting and innuendo. A couple has sex one night, with the film showing them kissing, writhing and moaning, with both seen nude from the waist up. A party scene shows some people kissing and hugging, including a topless woman. 

Language

A fair amount of swearing, notably variations of "f---k," "s--t," and "p---y."

Consumerism

A classic Rolls Royce sedan plays a minor role in the plot. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main characters spend a lot of time partying, usually with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids in Love follows Jack, a recent high school graduate in London who's uncertain what to do with himself as he takes a gap year before starting college. After a chance encounter with the free-spirited Evelyn, he's embraced by a group of young people who are focused mostly on planning parties and having fun instead of planning their future, a lifestyle that's new and beguiling to Jack. There are plenty of party scenes, including drinking and cigarettes, as well as some nudity and sex scenes. There's a fair amount of swearing (including "s--t," "f--k," and "p---y"). The film may be a good conversation starter for parents and high-school students about the choices we make that determine our path in life. 

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What's the story?

In KIDS IN LOVE, Jack (Will Poulter) is fresh out of high school and not sure how to fill a gap year before starting college. His best friend Tom has invited him to travel through South America, while his dad has arranged an internship at a top law firm. But after a chance encounter with the beguiling Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky), Jack is whisked into an underground London arts scene filled with all-day-and-all-night parties and other young people (including Cara Delevingne in a small role) who don't seem to have their future planned out, and don't seem to care. 

Is it any good?

As a London travelogue of sorts, this movie is fun to watch, but don't expect to be enamored. The kids' free-spirited lifestyle, so appealing to Jack at first, looks fun and exciting from the outside, but once he's swept up in the nonstop party, it becomes more obvious that the characters are shallow and not all that interesting -- not to the audience and eventually not to him either. Director Chris Foggin is trying to paint a picture of youth in rebellion, but he's mostly successful in showing us a group of kids with too much time on their hands and not much ambition. Few of them seem to have any way to support themselves, or any interest in much besides finding the next event. Kids in Love is not so much a counter-culture, as a look at rich kids that are all a bit too pleased with themselves. Poulter brings some charisma to the screen, and his position as the outsider in the group serves as a proxy for the viewer, but it takes him longer than us to figure out that his new friends are mostly self-entitled drips. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what life is like post-graduation: Do Jack's fears and feelings in Kids in Love seem realistic? How is this film different from, or similar to, other coming-of-age movies?

  • What is it about Evelyn and her friends that's so appealing to Jack? Having declared himself an "adult," able to make his own decisions, why is he so curious about their lifestyle?

  • How do Jack's new friends differ from his old group of friends from school? What does his decision to spend time with a new group of people say about what he's choosing to do with his life, at least for now?

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