With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
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
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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