A Review of “Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named LAROI”

‘Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named LAROI’ is a documentary on Prime Video that details the meteoric rise to fame of Charlton Howard aka The Kid LAROI, a look inside his life and what he has been up to in the last 4 – 5 years. The Australian artist also opens up about his struggle with fame, the death of his mentor, and his mental health issues.

“If everything goes to plan in the next 2 or 3 years, I’ll be doing big festivals and shit,” stated Charlton early on in the documentary, and that’s exactly what he did. He has performed at some of the most renowned festivals, including Reading Festival, Rolling Loud, Coachella, Leeds Festival, and ALT+LDN, which is why he says: “I feel like everything that’s happened, I manifested all that stuff.”

An OBB Picture Production, this documentary also features songwriters and producers who have worked with The Kid LAROI and praise him for his talents. It highlights his achievement as an artist who can draw a massive crowd, his success on the charts, and how he sold out shows back-to-back at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

‘Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named LAROI’ gives people an opportunity to see how The Kid LAROI grew as an artist and made his way to the top of the charts. Many people may have known of The Kid Laroi because of his smash hit ‘Stay’ with pop sensation Justin Bieber and ‘GO’ a collaborative track with rapper and singer Juice WRLD. But his journey began at the tender age of 15 when he moved to the US and was mentored by Juice WRLD. He was also the supporting act for the star in his homeland. In a heartbreaking segment, The Kid LAROI talks about Juice WRLD’s death from an accidental overdose.

The Kid LAROI faced the pressure to do well in life, acknowledged fame’s impermanence and sought out help during his rough times. “The goal of the documentary — my take on it — was I just want to hopefully inspire people who might like my stuff and show people who watch me and support what I do, let them know that they’re not alone if they’re dealing with stuff. I know sometimes things can look a certain way from a social media perspective or people can imagine that everything’s perfect in our lives or whatever, and I just want to show people that they’re not alone,” the Australian star told PEOPLE. “We’re all dealing with, not the same problems, but we’re dealing with the same stuff that goes on up here.”

The 1-hour 25-minute documentary film also includes interviews and features stars Post Malone, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran, as well as collaborators Blake Slatkin and Billy Walsh. Jungkook of BTS makes an appearance towards the end of the documentary to record their collaborative track ‘TOO MUCH’ with British rapper Central Cee.

Over the years, LAROI has worked with many big names in music, including Machine Gun Kelly, Louisiana-born rapper Youngboy Never Broke Again, and Future. He has featured on the soundtrack of Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster film ‘Barbie.’ LAROI has also graced the Video Music Awards stage alongside Justin Bieber. The two-time Grammy-nominated artist boasts five Billboard Music Awards and three ARIA Music Awards.

Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named LAROI trailer

“if you’re wondering “why the hell did they make a documentary on Kid Laroi?” we’re in the same boat because I have no fkn clue either. but I do know that @ratty @adamkargenian @obb and everyone else who worked on this did an incredible job and have put their blood, sweat and tears into this thing! the movie follows me leading up to my first arena tour back home in Australia and the making of the new album. it also covers a bit of personal stuff I’ve gone through these last crazy ass 4-5 years,” the Australian rapper and singer wrote on Instagram.

He added: “this isn’t a documentary that’s necessarily focused on the whole come up story, but more on how I’ve navigated (or tried my best to at least) the last 4ish years. the goal of this for me is to hopefully inspire and let you know that you’re not alone in whatever you may be going through. also to show you I still have a long way to go and a lot of room to grow. I love you guys, thanks for being here, please watch if you want, and MORE new music soon!”

‘Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named LAROI’ has been directed by Michael D. Ratner, who received a Best Music Film Grammy nod for ‘Our World.’ What makes the documentary even more interesting and fun to watch are the animated characters that give us a deeper look into The Kid LAROI’s mind. From buying his very first home, spending time with his younger brother, his first love, to taking us to his hometown, his late friend’s favorite restaurant, the studio, sharing his fears and how he is navigating fame, the movie does a great job at helping us get to know Charlton Howard better. If you’re wondering who The Kid LAROI is and how he made a name for himself, check out ‘Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named LAROI’ on Prime Video.

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