The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

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Released 2002

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Director:
Peter Care
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Under the watchful eye of Sister Assumpta, the boys plot to unleash the ultimate prank, involving a man-eating cougar, their school's statue, and a lot of cough medicine. While the boys imagine their exploits in a comic book called "The Atomic Trinity," Francis begins his growth to adulthood with Catholic schoolgirl Margie Flynn.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The masterstroke of this small, heartfelt directorial debut (by Peter Care, from a screenplay by Jeff Stockwell) is its integration of animated sequences (by Todd McFarlane) in whi...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The look and feel of the film is entirely beguiling. It is deliberately not a period piece, heavy with dated styles and fads, but instead evokes a sense of timelessness.

  • 70

    Variety David Rooney

    The film's chief shortcoming is perhaps its failure to convey a stronger, more atmospheric sense of the repressive 1970s Catholic school environment that breeds the titular boys' r...

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