• 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: 1970s, Engaging, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Essentially a coming-of-age story set in working-class North Carolina in the 1970s. But it's so startlingly original that it transcends the genre. This is a wonderful film, from puckish start to momentous finish.

  • 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

  • 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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