Kidco (1984)

Kidco (1984)

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Starring: Marty Van Hoe, Scott Schwartz, Mahlon Richmond

You know how sometimes you’re doing or watching something, and then a “bigger picture” thought pops into your head and you just can’t keep thinking about it the same way? That happened to me while watching this movie, once I realized that I had never before seen a film with so much horseshit. I’m not even being metaphorical, there’s an inordinate amount of road apples in this movie.

A kid who lives on a farm with his parents and three sisters wants more out of life. He doesn’t want to go through school and get a job and constantly be doing things that other people tell him to, so he starts a business. He and his sisters start “Kidco”, which provides manure to local golf courses and the like. The feds crack down on them for not having the proper permits or for paying sales tax, and the last half of the film is a terrible court drama about that.

The main character of this film is incredibly unlikable, at least to me. He’s just this kid who wants to make a buck one way or another, and he’s constantly preaching his “adults are all mindless sheep” rhetoric. Still, as a change for a kid’s movie, Kidco is about child characters in a realistic, adult-based world, and I gotta give them credit for that. The rest of the main characters besides that annoying kid are all very realistic and easy to relate to, even to a child-hating monster like myself. I actually live under kids’ beds and chew on bones, that’s my job.

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