Saved! Saved! follows the standard teen-cliques-at-war format of "Mean Girls" or early John Hughes, but with a difference: It's set at a Christian high school, and… Saved! Saved! follows the standard teen-cliques-at-war format of "Mean Girls" or early John Hughes, but with a difference: It's set at a Christian high school, and… 2004-05-28 PG-13 PT92M Comedy Drama Macaulay Culkin Jena Malone Mandy Moore Eva Amurri Martin Donovan (Actor) Patrick Fugit Heather Matarazzo Mary-Louise Parker United Artists (MGM)
Movie Review

Saved! (2004)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Saved! | BIBLE STUDIES (From left) Can Malone, Culkin, and Moore be ''Saved''?
BIBLE STUDIES (From left) Can Malone, Culkin, and Moore be ''Saved''?
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 28, 2004; Rated: PG-13; Length: 92 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Macaulay Culkin, Jena Malone and Mandy Moore; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

Saved! follows the standard teen-cliques-at-war format of ''Mean Girls'' or early John Hughes, but with a difference: It's set at a Christian high school, and everyone in it -- teachers, prom queens, geeks -- is proudly religious. Mandy Moore, as the senior bitch princess, leads a rock band for the Lord, and Pastor Skip (Martin Donovan) tries to win over the kids by hollering ''Let's get our Christ on!'' The director-cowriter, Brian Dannelly, has great fun tweaking the way American Christianity has been born again as a commodified, suburbanized, pop-saturated belief system.

Early on, the heroine, Mary (Jena Malone), learns that her boyfriend is gay, and when his parents send him off to Mercy House, a treatment center for sinners, I braced myself for a smug anticlerical bash. ''Saved!'', though, skewers hypocrisy and absolutism but not faith itself. Patrick Fugit, from ''Almost Famous,'' turns up as the pastor's son, and Fugit acts with a cherubic benevolence that makes you realize the kid he's playing is a true believer -- and all the sexier for it. The film has one dimension, however, that's a major problem: Mary gets pregnant, and her crisis is ''resolved'' with a starry-eyed naÏveté that borders on the irresponsible. I wish that ''Saved!'' weren't a facile pro-life movie. Its plea for Christian tolerance is message enough.

Originally posted May 26, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints