Kids in America
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Teenagers stand up for their rights and take on the woman who wants to scuttle their freedoms in this comedy drama inspired by a true story. Principal Weller (Julie Bowen) is the ambitious but hard-headed leader of Booker High School. Weller plans to run for superintendent of her school district, and believes if she wants to win she needs to project the image of a no-nonsense leader, and with that in mind she begins cracking down on what she sees as discipline problems at Booker High. However, in many cases what she sees as kids out of control are seen by others as kids expressing themselves,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What a wasted opportunity."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"While a title card at the beginning of the picture says the story is inspired by true events, it really should read, 'Inspired by another film.'"
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"boy, does it kick goals! There's some real fun to be had here"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Why did anyone bother making a teen movie after Heathers? No, really, why?"
‑ , E! Online
"Leaving the expression of 17 year-olds to the care of 35 year-old men is a good pathway to mediocrity, and a sure promise of insufferable, bogus screenwriting."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Would be easier to root for if it weren't so very pleased with itself."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Filmmaker Josh Stolberg claims to have been inspired by real-life events, but mostly he ineptly rips off other movies and wastes a cast that includes Rosanna Arquette, Adam Arkin and Elizabeth Perkins."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The cast keeps it watchable, but it's not a flick you'll remember for more than 45 minutes."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"For sheer nerve, I give it full marks, even if it can't quite overcome its limitations in other areas."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"occasionally approaches a provocative topic... only to scurry back into the safety zone of slapstick and put-downs."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A feeble call to arms, and inept entertainment to boot."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"You get the exhausting feeling that Stolberg is desperately trying to prove how cool he is."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Even after 18 years of seeing every movie that plays here, I'm still surprised by some films. I even gave this one conflicting ratings."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"(They) let their political agenda blunt the laughs, or, conversely, let their comedic inclinations dilute the film's social message."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The screenplay tries to shake too many trees and ends up preaching - stabbing at straw men rather than taking the time to investigate problems with the education system."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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