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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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Matt Harris
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Andrew
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Blaine Walker ...
Young Simon
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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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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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$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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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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Major Disappointment
2 August 2001 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie, and then I saw it. I really felt like I was watching an R-rated afterschool special, combined with a depressing view of the (presumably) Phish scene. I will never watch this movie again in my life. It made me upset. I think Devon Sawa acted poorly in this film, but Bill Smitrovich was pretty good. Thats all I can say.


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