In the heart of Sole Moon Fry’s new film “Kid 90” (Streaming on hulu), Is a shocking drive for self-documentation. Beginning in her early teens, Moon Frye, who starred in the popular children’s show “Punky Brewster”, began recording her life with a video camera. She seems to have taken her camcorder everywhere: film sets, road trips, parties with fellow child stars, even her breast reduction surgery at the age of 15. When she had not filmed anything, she recorded her reflections on audiotape or in her magazine with uncertainty, introspection.
In “Kid 90”, Moon Frye revisited this material after nearly two decades, walking the thin line between diary and documentary. His home videos feature an engaging portrait of celebrity just before paparazzi and social media spills, when faced with a camera, caution was not taken, or studying the posture from the young and famous. Moon Fry’s ambulance in the film brought a lively circle of peers: Brian Austin Green, David Arquette, Justin Pearce, Leonardo DiCaprio and many others appear in the film. They are careless Simple – Just children discover friendship, romance, and the illusion of the age to come.
If the involuntaryness of captured moments in Moon Fry’s footage is refreshing, it’s also somewhat of a crazy film. In the interview, Moon Fry hints at the darker aspects of young femininity and celebrity that creep along the edges of her frame: sexual abuse, intoxication, mental illness. But the director is also intent on digging deeper into these themes to create a rose-tufted arc of “self-love” – much more nervous than the pixelated, lo-fi nostalgia of his celluloid memories. The result is a film with uncertainty between personal and cultural.
Not rated. Running Time: 1 hour 12 minutes. Look at Hulu.