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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  17 May 2002 (Germany)
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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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boy | comic book | catholic | friend | book | See more »

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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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17 May 2002 (Germany)  »

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Innocent Boys  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$55,000 (USA) (14 June 2002)

Gross:

$1,779,284 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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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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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 »

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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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Do It For the Others
Written and Performed by Stephen Stills
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Sweet Look At Young Love, with Original Animation Fantasy
12 December 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" is very similar to "Stand By Me," with the nice addition of a non-stereotyped girl and a stereotyped nun (played by producer Jodie Foster) in the mix.

Young love is shown the sweetest I've seen in a long time (oy, I'm still apologizing to a certain boy in my head when he was so sweet to me at that age and I didn't know how to handle it; oh well, I didn't have a script based on a book to follow.)

Emile Hirsch and Jena Malone are marvelous, especially with the very serious sides of their lives, though the lousy parenting is only vaguely shown with shouting.

While the gambits of their crew are a bit unbelievable as they try to put fantasy into their real lives, their fantasy comic life through Todd McFarlane animation is a lot of fun (I was a fan of McFarlane's HBO series "Spawn.") I've never seen a super-hero with such sensitive eyes!

(originally written 6/23/2002)


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