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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 May 2002 (Germany)
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A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.

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In mid-1970s Savannah, two bright but rebellious boys, Francis Doyle and Tim Sullivan, fight boredom, hormones and harsh teachers as they struggle to find something meaningful beyond the walls of their parish school. Francis, an exceptional artist whose imaginative forays into a fictional universe of good and evil fill his notebooks with comic-book imagery, creates a netherworld of superhero alter egos for the two boys. When the ultra-strict Sister Assumpta seizes their artwork one day, the boys embark upon an obsessed trail of revenge that ultimately changes their lives. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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boy | comic book | catholic | friend | book | See more »

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One of the most inventive, funny coming-of-age films in years! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual content and youth substance use | See all certifications »

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17 May 2002 (Germany)  »

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Innocent Boys  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$55,000 (USA) (14 June 2002)

Gross:

$1,779,284 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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Chris Fuhrman died of cancer before completing the final draft of the book. The movie is dedicated to him at the beginning of the final credits. See more »

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When Tim and Francis are walking with the dog, a truck can be seen behind them in one shot but not in the next. It subsequently passes right by them. See more »

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Joey Anderson: That's not true guys, cus there is a bone in your penis, thats why they call it a boner.
Wade Scalisi: oh, oh yea you're right... SHUT UP!
[hits Joey]
Joey Anderson: what was that for?
Wade Scalisi: You're an idiot.
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22 March 2003 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

While the novel by the late Chris Fuhrman is one of my top-ten all-time faves, this movie, produced by Jodie Foster's late Egg Pictures was only average. The casting was uneven, especially in casting Foster herself in the role of the villian. Having played too many protagonists or victim/heroes to ever be believable as an antagonist, this fact really pulled me out of the story each time Foster appeared. I couldn't quite reconcile seeing her in a nun's wimple, and playing a stereotypical "bad nun."

On the other hand, the casting of Emile Hirsch as Francis, Kieran Culkin as his best friend Tim, and the unrecognizable Vincent D'Onofrio as Father Casey was brilliant.

The interspersed segments of animation were disruptive rather than helpful to the story, and the plot itself seemed to meander too much without ever coming to a conclusive whole. While I admire that this novel was made into a film, it could've been done much, much better. Some books are better left as books.


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