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Around the Fire (1998)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Harris
Lisa Burgett ...
Simon's mother
Blaine Walker ...
Young Simon
Manny the Hippie ...
Vegan GooBall Man
Heath Lourwood ...


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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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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I've Enjoyed About As Much As I Can Take
Written by Richie Lee, Mark Lightcap and Steve Hadley
Performed by Acetone
used by permission of WB Music Corp. / Satin Sheen Music (ASCAP)
1993 Vernon Yard Records courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
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Not even good enough for an afterschool special
4 May 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a most ridiculous attempt at drama. A spoiled brat rich kid feels like he got the short end of the silver spoon, and decides that he needs the "freedom" and "sincerity" of a bunch of drug-hungry '90s-era hippies following SOMEone around on Tour. . . the Dead were long gone by the time this was released, so perhaps we mean Phish? Either way, it's crap, and if anyone dressed like the kids in this movie, they'd be dismissed even by pseudo-hippies. Of course it wants you to wait around for a learned-my-lesson change of heart and life, but who really cares if or where these people turn? You'd get more depth from a coloring book. It seems like it was written by a 22-year-old who spent two days doing drugs with some hippies and felt like s/he had a handle on some kind of magical scene that would lure in poor neglected trust fund children. To be perfectly fair, if you happen to be a well-to-do, feeling-sorry-for-yourself teen or pre-teen, you might like this. Especially if you haven't had enough anti-drug messages crammed down your throat, because this is yet another. Although if you're looking for any REAL reasons why you shouldn't do drugs, or any idea of what they are really like, that isn't here at all. It's as fake as the sparkly-bright tie-dyes and Tara Reid's perfect lipgloss-hippiedom.

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