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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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Trouble is Their Only Defense Against Boredom 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

In the scene where Donnie is fighting Francis, it is clearly visible that it is in fact Francis. But when it zooms in on Donnie punching Francis, it is someone else. This boy has blonde hair instead of black hair. Than as the boy rolls over, you can clearly tell that it is Francis and his hair is back to it's normal color. 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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References Night of the Vampires (1964) See more »

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Do It For the Others
Written and Performed by Stephen Stills
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Sweet Jesus . . .
4 June 2006 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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