Urban Cinefile
"My mum taught me great survival skills"  -Actress, Charlize Theron
 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Tuesday September 15, 2020 

Printable page PRINTABLE PAGE



Twelve year old Ryan Mitchell (Blake Foster) is fed up with being told what to do. One day, he and his best friends Twinkie (Michael Purvis) and Stu (Anton Tenet) come across a wishing glass hidden in an Indian burial ground and Ryan wishes that all adults and teenagers disappeared from the planet. Much to his amazement, his wish comes true, but things begin to go wrong and he realises that as his friends turn 13, they too are disappearing. And that includes the girl of his dreams Holly (Anna Wilson). Perhaps local crazy guy Leo (Christopher Lloyd) can help. What's he doing in Kids World anyway?

Review by Louise Keller:
It's refreshing to see a film where kids actually behave like kids. In fact Kids World is somewhat of an old fashioned film, in that it relies on its storyline and engaging performances by a terrific young cast. A bright, colourful adventure for the under 12 set, Kid's World is an enjoyable fun fantasy jam packed with humour, action and enough twists and turns to keep us engaged.

It's fast paced with an outstanding up-beat music score. When we first meet Ryan (Blake Foster, terrific) at home, it's clear to see eating all his beans and wearing his bike helmet are not on his priority list. The relationships are well established - both at home and with his peers, and by the time the boys discover the magic wishing glass, it's not hard to understand why Ryan is keen to discover a world without adults.

There are some fun moments as the boys indulge in as much ice cream, hamburgers and cream cakes as they like, and it's cool to stay up all night, play spin the bottle and have sleep-overs when they like. It's also easy to impress your girl with Dad's convertible - even if you need your friend to operate the pedals, cause your own legs don't reach! Some of the film's funniest moments occur when the family golden retriever 'retrieves' the wishing glass and makes a couple of wishes of his own with hilarious results. All the performances are excellent and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) makes his crazy Leo so credible, that he easily fits in with the rest of the kids, as well as delivers a couple of poignant moments.

The story evolves naturally and by the time neighbourhood bully Detloff (Todd Emerson) uses the wishing glass as an evil force, the morals of the story become clear. From its playful animated opening credits to the story's satisfying resolution, Kids World is good escapist entertainment for the whole family.

Published March 24, 2005

Email this article


CAST: Christopher Lloyd, Blake Foster, Michael Purvis, Anton Tennet, Todd Emerson

DIRECTOR: Dale G. Bradley

SCRIPT: Michael Lach

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes



DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Force Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: March 22, 2005

Urban Cinefile 1997 - 2020