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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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Finding a place to belong is just the beginning. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive drug content, language, and some sex/nudity | See all certifications »
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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Simon: Why weren't you in class?
Andrew: Because math sucks, man.
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Patchouli
Written and Performed by The El Crispo Quartet
used by permission of Front Left Music (BMI)
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Painful propaganda
28 July 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This movie is disguised as some sort of hippie coming of age drama... but the sad truth is that this is just a thinly veiled bit of anti-drug propaganda. The soundtrack and watching Tara Reid be hot are about the only things going for this movie. Beyond that, the movie suffers from a predictable (and very bad) plot, stereotype characters, and cheezy dialog. It's like watching an After School Special that just drags on and on and on.

If you are considering watching this movie... put on a Grateful Dead CD and download pictures of Tara Reid from the internet. You'll get all the good points of the movie without having to endure the painful "Drugs are bad, mmkay?" plot. If you don't already use drugs, listening to the dialog in this movie will drive you to drugs in an effort to kill the pain.


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