LETTERS: Real kids

In his review of the film Kids, Ben Thompson comments on a lack of "the odd moment of excitement" (Real Life, 19 May). What did he expect? It is simply meant to give a fly-on-the-wall view of 24 hours in the life of American youth. What is most striking is its realism. I felt it portrayed exactly the type of lifestyle many young people are party to.

Too many disregard the risk of HIV infection. Clark's fearless attempt to portray life as it is will have a lasting effect upon everyone who watches it. The intimacy and naked authenticity of Kids does not deserve to be labelled "insincere" or "prehistoric".

Nancy Isaacs

Brighton, East Sussex

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