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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 June 2002 (USA)
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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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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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28 June 2002 (USA)  »

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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 »

Goofs

Movie takes place in the 1970s but when the boys are riding their bikes to buy comic books, they drive past a house with a late '80s Buick parked in its driveway. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francis Doyle: Tell me again why we're doing this.
Tim: Homework, Francis. Your future's built on it.
Francis Doyle: [whispered] Right.
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Spoofs Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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All The Same
Written and Produced by Joshua Homme (as Josh Homme)
Performed by Joshua Homme (as Josh Homme), Nick Oliveri & Brad Wilk
Mixed by Alain Johannes
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...um..interesting...
20 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine had rented this, so I watched it with him and another friend and none of us fell asleep. One problem with the story is that it lacks a setting. The boys' haircuts are 1970s, but the nun's habit is 1950s. We don't see the boys' parents at all, so I guess this is supposed to be a residential school. But we don't see the boys in the dormitory either, not that I remember.

The performances of the young actors are good, but much of the action seems unmotivated. The boys think of something to do, like kidnapping a mountain lion from a zoo, then they go ahead and do it without asking why or considering any consequences. Do today's youth behave that way? I hope not.

The adult characters (nun and priest)are shallow. One boy has some serious questions to discuss, and the priest advises him to pray the Lord's Prayer. When the nun confiscates a book of William Blake that a boy is reading, she fails to explain why--other than saying Blake was a "dangerous thinker." I don't know any priests or nuns who are like that. Oh well, it's only a movie. . . .


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