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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Dunphy
Tommy Bone ...
Jackie Dunphy
Samantha Lavigne ...
Tommy the Wire (as Adam Lavorgna)
Jesse Leach ...
Old Man Dunphy
Kristen Shorten ...
Bunny Cote
Timothy Crowe ...
Mr. Funderburk (as Tim Crowe)
Jack Wheeler


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive teen drug use and strong language including sexual references | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anexigiti pronoia  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$7,292,175 (USA) (8 October 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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All Right Now
Written by Andy Fraser, Paul Rodgers (as Paul Bernard Rodgers)
Performed by Free
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc./Island Records Limited
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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A title with several meanings
3 September 1999 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is not as wild as THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, but it is amusing, touching, annoying, vulgar, funny, and goodnatured -- pretty good for one movie.

It is an odd stew of the 3 Stooges, Huck Finn, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and THE DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. Hatosy is endearing as a softhearted lunkhead -- he shows great tallent for both serious and comic work here. Baldwin is in rare form as an Al Bundy of the 70s who is truly a working-class Socrates.

The title is a play on words that indicates the various ways you can view life -- beyond help or help from beyond. It's a charmer in its own knuckleheaded way.

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