30 of the most controversial films of all time

These movies have taboo storylines, graphic sex scenes, and gruesome violence

Kids (1995)

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Directed by Larry Clark from a script by Harmony Korine, Kids centers on amoral HIV-positive teen Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), who has made it his goal to sleep with as many virgin girls as possible. Meanwhile, Jenny (Chloë Sevigny), one of Telly’s early victims, makes it her mission to save other girls from him. However, everything goes horribly wrong, before she has a chance to confront him at a party.

Because the film portrays underage teens doing sex, drugs, and various criminal activities, moral pundits criticized the movie upon its release, with some critics labeling it exploitative as borderline child pornography. But the most common criticism that Kids received was related to its perceived lack of artistic merit.

Interesting facts about BTS
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