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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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Heath Lourwood ...
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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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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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Kate: It's fine. I'll show you now. And then after this you'll do it on your own. Oh one more thing. I want you to help Joe.
Simon: You gotta be kidding me.
Kate: You two in a somewhat similar predicament, you're bound to be of service to this guy.
Simon: Similar predicament? Me and that guy have nothin in common.
Kate: You believe that?
Simon: I totally believe that.
Kate: Well, you both made it to rehab.
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Brother John
Written by Cyril Neville
Performed by the Neville Brothers
used by permission of Rhinelander Music Co. (BMI)
Courtesy of A & M Records Inc. by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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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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