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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 28 June 2002 (USA)
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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Forgive me father, for I am 14. See more »

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

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,000 (USA) (16 June 2002)

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$1,779,284 (USA) (10 November 2002)
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Reunites Jena Malone with Jodie Foster after Contact (1997), where both played the younger and older version of Ellie Arroway. See more »

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Sister Assumpta's Irish accent disappears. See more »

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[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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The Atomic Trinity v.s. The Hell's Devil's
Performed by Josh Homme (as Josh Homme)
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Evocative and funny...
13 September 2003 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Group of Catholic schoolboys in the mid-1970s are obsessed with comic books, girls, and wreaking havoc on their most hated teacher, Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster, in a nun's habit, somewhat uneasily cast but still quite good). A surprisingly rich, rewarding film about adolescence puts other, more popular films in this genre to shame. The scruffy, nostalgic era is captured nicely, and the young players really shine. Spiked with wonderful animated sequences, the film failed to catch on with its target audience yet is otherwise intelligently crafted and often very moving. Foster also served as co-producer. *** from ****


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