Review: Kids in Love (Chris Foggin, 2016)

When it comes to coming-of-age films, the matter of which ones become cultural touchstones is quite often down to luck. It’s a hard nut to crack, but generally speaking the most enduring tales of the pitfalls of young adulthood are those with a strong emotional core, an ensemble of fully fleshed-out, interesting characters and realistic scenarios that don’t feel feather-light or superficial.

Despite initial promise thanks largely to the charismatic presence of stars Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne, Kids in Love never comes close to being a standout entry in the genre. As a portrait of one young man’s existential crisis during his gap year, Chris Foggin’s feature debut is about as riveting as most menial jobs people find themselves stuck in during that pre-university period, only with a flower child sheen to make things that bit more insufferable…

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