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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

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Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Hodie Christus natus est
Written by' Jan Pieterzoon Sweelincj'
Performed by The Lakeside Singers
Courtesy of Robert Bowker
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A fantastic movie
26 June 2013 | by jm10701See all my reviews

Wow. Movies don't get much better than this little gem.

The setting - a small, very close-knit, conservative Baptist Church in the American Deep South, more than one of whose members turns out to be gay - may be off-putting to some, but perhaps others will get past contemporary stereotypes and discover this wonderful little movie - because nothing in The Wise Kids is either predictable or stereotyped.

None of the characters are one-dimensional villains or good guys, gays don't hate Christians and Christians don't hate gays, homos and heteros get along okay - and yet (and this is the movie's most astounding accomplishment) every person in it is real and complex and nobody gets shoehorned into a false and creepy "let's all just love one another" box.

These are real people, doing what real people do in tough situations. Not ranting at each other like the morons on talk radio and in government but living together, working through their differences instead of using the differences to attack each other.

Without ever being the least bit sappy or manipulative or simplistic, this movie shows what love is: Loving is hard most of the time, and it hurts - a LOT - sometimes, but it's worth every tear and every drop of blood it costs.

This is a fantastic movie. The actors are great, every last one of them (although Allison Torem as Laura is electrifying, the steady, pulsing heart of the movie); the story and dialog are smart without ever seeming to be smart, interesting and entertaining without ever being mindless: just people talking to each other about things that matter to them; and the direction by Stephen Cone - pulling all of this together so beautifully and so powerfully, while writing AND producing AND acting one of the main roles - is just astounding.

I cannot praise this movie highly enough or recommend it enthusiastically enough. It deserves far more recognition than it will ever get.


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