On a remote patch of the Mojave Desert, amidst dusty tumbleweeds and rangy Joshua Trees, sits an anomaly: a high school where educators believe empathy, life skills, and the constancy of a caring adult are the differences that will give at-risk students command of their fates.
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Impressive, immersive, and engaging. The Bad Kids is a thought-provoking documentary that doesn't feature a single talking head. The access and raw nature of the film is impressive. The Bad Kids never feels set up or manipulated. At times, we are so close to the subjects that we can't help but feel invasive. It's an important and moving film that shows each case is specific and there can't be one solution.