Is there a limit?

Posted on January 5, 2012


Apparently, a movie like Kids can be filmed in 2012 as well. For those of you who don’t remember Kids, it is a movie about a teen named Telly, who goes around his neighborhood and has unprotected sex with younger girls. Yes, he is 15…and I said younger. It basically follows a day in his life. It also follows the day of a girl in the movie who is trying to find Telly because he gave her HIV.

The movie shocked audiences with its violence and sex scenes, and it bordered on child pornography in some places. The only good thing that Kids exposed America to were the talents of Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. However, there is something to be said for the possibility that it exposed adults to the way teens were really living in NYC, and everywhere else, at that time.

Now, in 2012, we have another movie, in the same vein as Kids, coming to DVD. It is a movie called Toddlers. It seems to be about a teen on the streets of Harlem and what he has to do to survive. So, basically, there are a bunch of babyfaced teens carrying guns and shooting each other on a whim. I don’t know much about the movie, but just like Kids above, I wanted to provide trailer.

My question is simple: Should filmmakers be able to make movies of this caliber with real teens? Is it exploitation of children? How far is too far? I’m interested to see what people say about this topic.