The Bad Kids

2016 NR 1h 41m DVD

The Bad Kids

2016 NR 1h 41m DVD
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Standing behind the belief that there are no bad kids just bad circumstances, the staff at Black Rock High School in the Mojave Desert goes the extra mile to help students, as detailed in this sobering documentary that focuses on three at-risk teens.
Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Bad Kids is a moving documentary about troubled high school students and the special school in California's Mojave Desert region that may be their last chance. The film follows a few of them through the course of a year as they try to overcome the many hurdles in their difficult lives, and some parts can be wrenching to watch, even though ultimately the message centers on compassion and perseverance. Despite a fair bit of profanity (mostly "f--k" and "s--t"), this is a good film for parents to watch with teens and may prompt some discussion about the challenges of growing up.

Sexual Content

Hugging and kissing.


Tense arguments between parents and children.


Occasional swearing, mostly forms of "f--k" and "s--t."

Social Behavior

The teens learn that they can succeed, even against long odds, if they persevere. Sometimes having just one person care about you can make all the difference. But there are no easy or fast fixes for hard situations, either.


A few well-known brands are seen on screen, including Pepsi and Sony, but they're captured as part of the documentary process, rather than as promotion.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Discussion about a student whose mother takes drugs -- and who later starts using himself.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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