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Around the Fire (1998)

 -  Drama  -  26 September 1998 (USA)
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Around the Fire is the deeply resonant story of a boy named Simon, who despite being raised in an upper-class Manhattan household with all its privileges--and restrictions--is haunted by ... See full summary »

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Matt Harris
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Andrew
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Trace
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Kate
Lisa Burgett ...
Lauren
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Kevin
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Joe
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Doc
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Blaine Walker ...
Young Simon
Manny the Hippie ...
Vegan GooBall Man
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Neal
Heath Lourwood ...
Jason
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Around the Fire is the deeply resonant story of a boy named Simon, who despite being raised in an upper-class Manhattan household with all its privileges--and restrictions--is haunted by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of his mother. In Simon's eyes, his high-powered businessman father Matt wasted no time in remarrying his stepmother Lauren, a woman with a perfect facade whom he suspects of having an affair with Matt long before his mother's demise. When Simon is sent away to boarding school in preparation to attend Princeton, he meets Andrew, who introduces him to marijuana and LSD, and immerses him into a whole new world populated by dreamers, artists, utopians, flower children and partiers who spend the better part of their lives "on tour" at musical festivals. Simon is deeply moved by the beauty and freedom of these people, and feels they are the family he has always sought. At his very first concert Simon meets Jennifer, a beautiful young hippie to whom he is ... Written by B Dahlia <bdahlia@nwlink.com>

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drugs | drug rehab | hippie | rehab | concert | See more »

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Can't find my way home. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive drug content, language, and some sex/nudity | See all certifications »
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26 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Matt: I uh didn't expect to see you here.
Simon: I didn't come here to fight. I'm not gonna stay long.
Matt: Well you can...if you want to.
Simon: Look I just wanted to tell you. Needless to say, I, I made a lot of mistakes Dad.
Matt: Me too.
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Brown Eyed Women
Written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia
Performed by The Grateful Dead
used by permission of Ice Nine Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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entertaining i guess but PLASTIC
11 April 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This movie held my attention but the story line was a little plastic and had the classic anit-drug message. Tara Reid played a cool little hippie chick wonderfully though... a damn cute one too. The story was just very cliche; a young man plagued by the death of his mother rebels, falls in love with hot blond, gets into drugs, and ends up in rehab... I mean how many times are people going to use that plot?

The real shortcoming to this movie however, was not the plot. The story could have been a realistic inside look at hippie culture if it were only made to be realistic. Whoever directed this movie has obviously never been to anything more than a Kenny G concert. Throwing 15 or so extras in make-up and tie-dyed shirts in a field to recreate a Grateful Dead show is a horrifically commercialized and pathetic attempt to portray hippie culture.

Anyway, this movie did hold my attention but mostly because I was fascinated that Hollywood could make such a cheap, pitiful attempt to revitalize a beat to death plot. There were some interesting moments and hey I watched the whole thing, but there are much better movies out there. And remember kids, drugs are bad!


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