Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »
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 »
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 »
An extended scene of Sister Assumpta and Father Casey erasing things from the school's books while the boys dangle the statue outside.
The scene where the newsie gives Francis and Tim the angel dust is longer. The original scene ends with the newsie smoking the pot and saying "Tastes like one, too." The new addition to the scene shows Francis and Tim actually taking the drug and we see the newsie's wife come out and try some too. The aftermath of their drug use is slightly longer (the spinning trees).
Tim tells Francis angel dust is animal tranquilizer. Francis asks Tim why angel dust isn't called animal tranquilizer to which Tim responds, "They probably wanted people to try it. That's why they call them sisters and not permanent virgins."
I sat down unsure of what the movie was going to offer. My best guess was a coming-of-age film. It clearly had Catholic elements as well, though I wasn't sure if that was just a backdrop.
After watching it, I still wasn't sure. The movie tries to be light-hearted, but is too angry and cruel. The Catholic elements tend to weigh a bit against the religion but even there the movie vacillates. The movie doesn't try to stay out of the argument, mind you, it just seems very confused as to what it thinks.
The animated sequences, meant to illustrate the lead character's emotional thinking, are the best element of the film. And even they aren't terribly well done. They don't give much extra insight into his mind, nor do they progress the main movie.
I generally try to find a way to recommend a movie, even if it's a qualified recommendation. Most films have entertaining qualities that some can enjoy. And some have clearly enjoyed this one.
If you like comics, there are a few nice references to existing titles plus the characters created by the boys (and featured in the animated sequences). Or, if you are a Jodi Foster fan, she turns in a decent performance as the nun.
Overall, however, I'd just avoid this one.
4 out of 10.
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