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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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Young Simon
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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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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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26 September 1998 (USA)  »

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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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Maple Leaf Rag
Written by Scott Joplin
Performed for the film by William Haugh
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Pretty Good
23 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked the movie. Doing the dead show thing for many years during the late 80's and throughout the 90's I can distinguish between complete fiction and what experiences may have wanted to be conveyed. The movie has some good music, pretty decent acting and a point to make. Tara looks really cute doing the hippy thing and the girl/boy thing really does remind me of some great times and rocky roads. I can personally relate to the balancing act of school/shows/girls/drugs. All in all, it is a bit corny, but real life can be, most scripts are, and I find it to be much better than most the crap I see being made. I bought the DVD with a stack of others and actually kept it and have enjoyed watching it more than once. Worth checking out.


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