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A refreshing and honest portrayal of adolescent Catholic boys.The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boysfollows Tim (Kieran Culkin) and Francis (Emile Hirsch) as they engage in aimless vandalism and mockery--not from malice but boredom. Sadly, the theft of a religious icon and a plan to kidnap a cougar result in far more serious consequences than either boy intends. The authenticity of the characters and dialogue make the movie work; both script and performances are genuine and consistently surprising. Jena Malone, as a troubled girl who gets involved with Francis, is particularly good, but the whole cast (which includes Jodie Foster and Vincent D'Onofrio) does excellent work. In capturing both the harm and the good that teenagers can do,The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boystranscends the usual rebellious-kids storyline. The movie features animated segments that depict Francis's fantasy life, created by Todd McFarlane (Spawn).--Bret Fetzer
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CastJena Malone, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Richardson, Kieran Culkin, Kelvin O'Bryant, Emile Hirsch, Tyler Long
DirectorPeter Care
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  June 14, 2002
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterJeff Stockwell, Chris Fuhrman, Michael Petroni
DVD Release Date:  November 5, 2002
Runtime:  1hr 45min
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . December 14, 2006
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Pros: ........     Cons: .......     The Bottom Line: ____________     In the forest of the night,   What immortal hand or eye   Could frame thy fearful symmetry?       In what distant deeps or skies   Burnt the fire of thine eyes?   On what wings dare he aspire? “      I’ve never been a teenaged boy so I can only go into this by the observation of my …
review by . November 08, 2002
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THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF ALTAR BOYS is not a film about the current Catholic controversies, so don't let the title steer you away from a throughly fine piece of movie making. As endlessly outlined in the other reviews, ALTAR BOYS is a story of how young boys deal with the world both within their narrow space of a small town Catholic school and neighborhood and with the greater obstacles of the world outside their sphere of influence. The film introduces a quartet of lads who seem to be heading us toward …
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