When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, all of her former friends turn on her and she is ostracized and demonized.


Brian Dannelly
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jena Malone ... Mary
Mandy Moore ... Hilary Faye
Macaulay Culkin ... Roland
Patrick Fugit ... Patrick
Heather Matarazzo ... Tia
Eva Amurri Martino ... Cassandra (as Eva Amurri)
Chad Faust ... Dean
Elizabeth Thai ... Veronica
Martin Donovan ... Pastor Skip
Mary-Louise Parker ... Lillian
Birkett Turton ... Mitch (as Kett Turton)
Julia Arkos ... PE Coach
Donna White Donna White ... Trudy Mason
James Caldwell James Caldwell ... Hairdresser
Nicki Clyne ... Guitar Player


Mary is a senior at American Eagle Christian High School in suburban Baltimore. She considers herself born again; her rebirth was at age three. Her best friends are two classmates that comprise the Christian Jewels band with her. Hilary Faye is the alpha Christian who outwardly is perfect, especially in her connection to God Veronica is ethnic Vietnamese who was adopted and thus saved by a black Christian couple. A third is Tia, who is generally an outsider in her geek status but who aspires to be in this Christian clique. Also within their social circle--solely from necessity--is Hilary Faye's older brother Roland, who has been in a wheelchair since age nine after falling out of a tree; out of family obligation Hilary Faye transports him to and from school and everywhere else, but the rest of the time the siblings scorn each other. One of Hilary Faye's God-driven missions for the year is to save new student Cassandra, a Jewish girl who was expelled from her last school and only ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for strong thematic issues involving teens - sexual content, pregnancy, smoking and language | See all certifications »

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[first lines]
Mary: [voice over] I've been born again my whole life... accepting Jesus.
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a satire that treats its subjects with respect
14 March 2006 | by colettesplaceSee all my reviews

Watching over-the-top US comedy Saved! is like stumbling into an alternate universe as perturbing, in its own way, as Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko.

At American Eagle Christian High School, where Christian is all there is, it's the zealots who top the teen totem pole. Among them is Mary (Jena Malone) who's headed for a fabulous senior year with her best friend and leader of the Christian Jewels, Hilary-Faye (Mandy Moore), a mulleted gun-toting Barbie drowning in blue eye shadow. But when Mary falls pregnant to her gay boyfriend Dean (Chad Faust) after surrendering her virginity to save him in the belief it will be miraculously restored, she's an outcast. While Chad's sent off to Mercy House, Mary befriends the 'freaks': Hilary-Faye's wheelchair-bound brother (Macaulay Culkin) and his troublemaker girlfriend Cassandra (Eva Amurri), the only Jewish girl in school. Meanwhile, Mary's Christian Interior Decorator of the Year mum (Mary-Louise Parker) begins a tentative romance with charismatic school principal Pastor Skip (Martin Donovan).

Director Brian Dannelly, who co-wrote the script with Michael Urban, wanted to satirise the intensity of teen Christian worship, where fainting at prayer meetings is not uncommon. Performances are good across the board, but Mandy Moore almost steals the film with her outrageous Hilary-Faye.

Saved! is an enjoyable teen comedy that has some important subtexts: it argues for tolerance of diversity, and the importance of looking beneath the superficial when choosing friends. It embraces families that differ from the traditional nuclear model and demonstrates why sex education is needed. But what's best about Saved! is that the characters don't abandon their faith, simply incorporate it into a more tolerant world view. Whether you're a Christian, atheist or something different, Saved! will gently amuse without overwhelming you with political correctness.

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Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$345,136, 30 May 2004

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