• The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

Release Date: June 14th, 2002

DVD Release Date: November 5th, 2002

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Francis Doyle (Emile Hirsch) and Tim Sullivan (Kieran Culkin), and their closest friends, are fighting the stultifying repression of their parish school. Foremost among the forces of evil is the stern and disapproving nun, Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster), who rules their lives. She seizes their artwork one day, setting the boys on an obsessed trail of revenge that ultimately changes their lives.

Cast: Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Emile Hirsch, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jodie Foster, Jake Richardson, Tyler Long

Director: Peter Care

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Egg Pictures, Trilogy Entertainment Group, Initial Entertainment Group

Distributors: ThinkFilm

Keywords: Engaging, 1970s, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    A fine, inventive '70s period piece about friendship, first love, and growing up to face the hard lessons of life. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The movie has no profound insights to offer, but its nimble acting and lifelike dialogue make it entertaining as well as thoughtful. Think "Stand by Me" meets "Ghost World," and you just about have it. show more

  • 88
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    One of the most inventive, funny and ultimately tragic coming-of-age movies in years.

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