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King Kelly

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Tons of sex, drugs in satire of "Generation Me" teens.

Movie NR 2012 84 minutes
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This film is outrageous, cynical, and not always easy to watch, but it's quite smart. Quite a few recent movies have been filmed on portable devices by their characters, and KING KELLY is no exception; it appears as if Kelly and Jordan captured the entire adventure on their iPhones, and, indeed, director Andrew Neel did use that technology for at least most of his movie. Thankfully, however, Neel appears to have something to say about the entire thing, rather than being content to rest on his gimmick.

His characters and their absurd situation demonstrate the kind of attitude that seems to be behind the YouTube and Facebook phenomenon, a kind of selfish, callous, narcissistic state of being that allows for no actual human input or interaction. (Even during sex, Kelly films her own face, posing and pouting for her "fans.") The plot about finding the drugs by a certain time is eventually dropped so that Kelly (well played by Krause) can get her way.

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