• R
  • 1h 27m
  • 2016
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15-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy to help him escape the reality of being poor and picked on by everyone. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by a local hood. Brandon and his two best friends embark on a dangerous and exciting journey where nothing is as simple as it seems in this unique and memorable coming-of-age story.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Globe and Mail
Barry Hertz

Tipping, who also co-wrote the polished script, captures this unique mix of adolescent anxiety, ur...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
Leah Pickett

The motif of a faceless, imaginary spaceman following the boy around is overly precious, but what...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham

Tipping throws all sorts of tricks at the screen, most of which don't work.

June 25, 2017
Washington Post
Alan Zilberman

Tipping's admittedly artful style is relatively ambiguous, focusing mostly on cheap visceral thril...

June 25, 2017
Sheila O'Malley

Kicks is not without its flaws, but even the flaws show Tipping's willingness to take risks, to go...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Poignant, mature indie drama about a teen and his sneakers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kicks is an independent drama about a Northern California teen willing to go to dangerous lengths to get back a pair of Nike Air Jordans stolen from him. Both the language and substance use are intense. Cursing is nearly constant (mostly "f--k" and the "N" word), and teens drink and smoke both pot and cigarettes frequently. It all seems realistic given the context of the story. There's also a lot of violence, including shootings and gun violence between teens/young adults, someone getting run over by a car accidentally, and several fist fights. Sexual content is occasionally graphic, with a quick glimpse of a girl performing implied oral sex on a boy at school and two kids who've just met hooking up (shirts off) in a bedroom at a party. The movie is best suited for older teens who are accustomed to seeing mature content.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:September 9, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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