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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
The final shot in the scene where the boys find an injured dog was actually just footage shot of the actors "resetting" after a blown take. It was kept in since it so clearly shows their fatigue and frustration. See more »
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Okay, so I avoided seeing this movie for YEARS because everyone said it sucked. I read the book, though, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I was always curious about the movie. I should have listened. The setting, characters, and general mood of the movie was so dishonest to the book. Jodie Foster comes off as severely out of place. The boys in the movie seem to be way to unreal also. I'm not just talking about bad acting. There's like this film over them of boys that are just a little too perfectly placed. What's really great about the book is that the boys are total dumbasses, but not in a way that any other boy that age isn't. In the movie, though, it's very apparent that a script is being read. All that glorious, natural dumbass behavior turns to pre-fabricated pulp and makes me a little ill. As far as movies go, it would be okay to watch if say, nothing else were on and both your arms were broken and your legs and you had nothing to do but watch television and thank God that your parents didn't send you to Catholic school.
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