A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is ... See full summary »

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Stephen Cone

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Stephen Cone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Kunz ... Brea
Eric Hulsebos Eric Hulsebos ... Ryan
Tyler Ross ... Tim
Frank Stennett Frank Stennett ... Frank
Stephen Cone ... Austin
Lee Armstrong ... Harry
Sadieh Rifai ... Elizabeth
Allison Torem Allison Torem ... Laura
Cynthia Pulsifer Cynthia Pulsifer ... Cynthia
Braxton Williams Braxton Williams ... Braxton
Cliff Chamberlain ... Dylan
Laurel Schroeder Laurel Schroeder ... Erin
Rodney Lee Rogers ... Pastor Jim
Sullivan Hamilton Sullivan Hamilton ... Haley
Jonathan Jones ... Josh
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A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free. Written by Stephen Cone

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A Story Of Faith, Sexuality, Love And Friendship

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Drama

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Not Rated
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When Austin is practicing a church song on the piano, Elizabeth joins him and sings along with him, but her voice is heard sooner than when her lips are actually moving. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Traditional)
Arranged by Sixpence None the Richer
Performed by Sixpence None the Richer
By special arrangement with EMI CMG Publishing
Copywright 2008 Nettwerk Productions
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Creepshow redux
29 June 2014 | by SuraditSee all my reviews

Throughout much of the movie I kept thinking this was either some Stephen King story about a town taken over by really creepy people from which a number of characters were trying to literally or figuratively flee ... or maybe a Jane Goodall remake where the chimpanzees were replaced by people.

Just about everyone in the movie kept making tight-lipped grimaces or they bared their teeth in even more alarming pseudo-smiles like chimps who were really stressed out, quite often accompanied by these huh-huh- huh vocalizations that might have been intended to mimic laughter. They must have developed muscle cramps in their jaws from the constant flexing of facial muscle, exposing their teeth in Stephen King inspired displays of a death rictus.

Given the discomfort most of the actors appeared to feel it's not surprising that some of them chose to relieve the pressure by over- acting, at times violently.

Beneath all the theatrics and grimacing and numerous unnervingly extended pauses in dialogue as a number characters (or possibly it was the actors themselves) struggled for words, there may have been a message. I did feel the pain and sense of loss of the one character who, towards the end, repeatedly said he didn't know what to do and I could also understand the elation felt by those who had a metaphoric "ticket out of town."

It could charitably be described as a well-intended critical socio- theological story if somewhat confused and heavy-handed. Unfortunately all the antics, histrionics and bathos obscured the point they were attempting to make, rather generously assuming there was a point and that the actors knew what it was.


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Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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The Wise Kids See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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