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Outside Providence (1999)

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After one too many run ins with the law, a punk teenager from a working class background is sent to prep school by his frustrated dad, and learns a thing or two.

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Tim Dunphy
Tommy Bone ...
Jackie Dunphy
Samantha Lavigne ...
'Clops'
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Mousy
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Tommy the Wire (as Adam Lavorgna)
Jesse Leach ...
Decenz
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Old Man Dunphy
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Barney
Mike Cerrone ...
Caveech
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Joey
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Fran
Kristen Shorten ...
Bunny Cote
Timothy Crowe ...
Mr. Funderburk (as Tim Crowe)
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Jack Wheeler
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A boy from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, caught up in the drug scene of the mid-70s, gets in trouble one too many times with the law. To stave off a jail term, his father arranges for him to be placed into a prep school in Cornwall, Connecticut. The terms: Graduate, or else. Written by Matt Cotnoir <theman@ids.net>

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Tim's getting a future...whether he likes it or not! See more »

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Rated R for pervasive teen drug use and strong language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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1 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Anexigiti pronoia  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,370,662 (USA) (3 September 1999)

Gross:

$7,292,175 (USA) (8 October 1999)
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Based on Peter Farrelly's experiences at Kent School, where he graduated as a member of the class of 1975. See more »

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In Dunph's first day of school, he is in a math class where the teacher calls on him to solve a problem. The problem is written on the blackboard behind him. Later on in the film, what should be months have passed, and back in the classroom, the blackboard remains completely unchanged. See more »

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[Dunphy rolls a joint]
Jane Weston: Put that away! It's time to study.
Timothy Dunphy: No, really, I study better when I'm stoned. It's like my brain becomes more focused or something.
Jane Weston: Yeah, right. You haven't gotten higher than a D since you've been here.
Timothy Dunphy: That's cause there's no good weed around here!
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

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Written by Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Performed by Steely Dan
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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a very good 70s coming-of-age movie
26 July 2000 | by (Richland, Washington) – See all my reviews

"Outside Providence". ***1/2. Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy) lives in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He's 17. He and his friends are stoners. They hang out and argue the relative benefits of moving to California or staying in Pawtucket after high school. Their criteria for deciding revolve around the potential quality and quantity of drugs and sex. Dunphy lives with his dad (Alex Balwin) and his younger brother (Tommy Bone). Dunphy gets in trouble. One of his dad's friends is "connected" and gets Dunphy's jail sentence deferred if he enrolls and successfully completes his senior year of high school at an exclusive prep school. Dunphy moves from stoned fish in a small pond to fish out of water. His ensuing adventures are predictable but fun. There is the geeky roommate, stoner pals, beautiful girl that's out of his league, and the Dickensonian schoolmaster. I enjoyed most every moment. No scene ever got too melodramatic or silly. The stoner jokes and other one liners are funny. "Outside Providence" plays as a very good 70s coming-of-age movie. The writing credits for "OP" goes to Peter Farrelly of the Farrelly Brothers ("There's Something About Mary", "Kingpin", and "Dumb and Dumber"). Given the Farrelly connection, I was surprised by the restraint and tenderness of this movie. Very much worth the rental.


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