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The Wise Kids (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 March 2012 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Мудрые детки See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Cone Arts See more »
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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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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Electric Shock (dj white russian Remix)
Written by Mikhail Fiksel and Seth Bockley
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Wise story & kids
10 March 2013 | by in1984See all my reviews

A very wise alternative for teens, and parents, looking for more than the standard collection of Christmas holiday cartoons and films.

The title has a clear tie-in with the film, but then gets multiple meanings added to it throughout. There's no lingering or dwelling upon it. The story moves quickly along and stays adventurous. Whether you interpret it as a setup for a sequel or a seed planter, the ending is a masterpiece. It's not a simple wrap-up that lets you disregard the rest of the film. Instead, it reinforces emphasis on the story as a whole.

It's main weaknesses are mostly budget related. It has the made for TV look (though the camera angles and work are still excellent), would have benefited greatly from a couple better actors/castings in the adult roles (the main 3 kids all show exceptional skill), and about 5 more minutes of plot development and scene pauses/extensions throughout the film to help reinforce critical parts that less focused people may otherwise miss.


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