It's such a raw portrait of some teenager times in the 90s that it even hurts to watch. But that's how it works so well on people to watch it: it makes you feel angry inside because of the careless and carnal way of seeing things among young people without thinking of consequences.
Make America’s youth great again! Clark has a proper understanding of what being a teenager is like and allows the audience to see what is really going on in a typical day of a teenager’s life. As long as there is sex, drugs, lust and love, the kids are alright. The Offspring is wrong. This one is a personal favourite, due to its’ storyline and characters.
What always struck me as funny were all the people protesting that kids were not like that. Probably the same people who've never ventured out of their small towns and small minds. It launched a couple of careers, but my favorite actor was Justin Pierce who played Casper.
Saw it as a teen myself and loved it, although Larry Clark's work is disturbing considering his age (persistent focus on sexualised youth). This spoke to me because it reflected people I knew. Watching it again as an adult, it still hold up but isn't quite as profound in feeling. You have to watch it at the right age in life, imo.