Saint Ralph (2005) Sometimes Campbell Scott fans have it tough. Like any great actor, he seeks out different material. Like a renegade, he avoids the mainstream. But it's… 2005-08-05 PG-13 PT98M Drama Campbell Scott Jennifer Tilly Adam Butcher Samuel Goldwyn Films
Movie Review

Saint Ralph (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Adam Butcher, Saint Ralph | FIRST ONE TO FINISH HITS PUBERTY Sing along: My bologna has a first name, it's R-A-L-P-H
FIRST ONE TO FINISH HITS PUBERTY Sing along: My bologna has a first name, it's R-A-L-P-H
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Aug 05, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 98 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Campbell Scott and Jennifer Tilly; Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Sometimes Campbell Scott fans have it tough. Like any great actor, he seeks out different material. Like a renegade, he avoids the mainstream. But it's starting to feel like for every Roger Dodger, a movie he singlehandedly turned into a mini-classic, there's a misfire like Saint Ralph. Here he plays Father Hibbert, a buttoned-up man of the cloth who coaches Ralph (newcomer Butcher), a big-eared Catholic ninth grader convinced that if he wins the 1954 Boston Marathon, it'll be the heavenly miracle that'll jolt his mother from a coma. At first, Ralph and the movie have moxie — the kid even gets busted for pleasuring himself in the public pool. Then Ralph starts asking us to take this cornball mission seriously. By the end, the beanpole is logging 4:25 miles and impossibly chugging slo-mo through rainy Boston on race day, helping Father Hibbert get his faith back. It's as if Max Fischer from Rushmore turned, mid-movie, into Billy Elliot.

Originally posted Aug 03, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints