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Around the Fire (1998)

R  |   |  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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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 <>

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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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Kate: Simon is an adult. He doesn't have to see you if he doesn't want to.
Lauren: There must be something we can do.
Kate: Well, you uh. You can stay and go through our family program, if you'd like.
Matt: Family program. It's outta the question.
Kate: Suit yourself.
Matt: We'll get a lawyer, we'll be back here in an hour. (to Lauren, about to walk away): Come on.
Lauren: No. Matt we've gotta stay.
Matt: Lauren, stay for, stay for what? This is...What are you gonna do sit around with a bunch of doctors examining our inner child?
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used by permission of Who Is She Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Should Have Made the Big Screen
12 September 2000 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

It seems this film had only a limited release and should have reached a much larger audience. I would guess bad decisions were made by the studio. While I initially expected this to be a mindless teen film (Tara Reid?), it turned out to be very serious, yet light hearted when it mattered. All of the actors, including Ms Reid turned in impressive performances, but the true star was Trace, played by Colman Domingo. Mr Domingo provided depth in his character that will ensure that he has a bright future on the big screen. His confidence with the role was further impressive after viewing the DVD interview where he states that his actual personality is opposite of Trace's. Tara Reid proved that she can play beyond the high-school popular girl. Devon Sawa was a little flat in his role and I was constantly distracted by his bad wig. Rent this movie though, it is worth your time.

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