Set in the 1970s, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, an adaptation of Chris Fuhrman’s posthumously published novel, tries to establish a casually organic, stand-by-me flow, even as it turns the adventures of two parochial-school friends into lumbering parables of lost innocence. We get Jodie Foster overacting as a one-legged nun, a tender courtship that dances around a Sinful Secret, and a disastrous prank to spring a cougar from the local zoo. It’s all way too heavy-handed, though nicely acted by Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, and, especially, Jena Malone. In an innovative twist, the kids’ comic-book fantasies come to life in animated sequences (drawn by ”Spawn”’s Todd McFarlane) that are like the Bible gone madly Marvel.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jodie Foster, Jena Malone; Director: Peter Care; Author: Jeff Stockwell; Release Date Limited: 06/14/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 110; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: THINKFilm
Posted June 28 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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