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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) Movie Information

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Peter Care


Emile Hirsch
Kieran Culkin
Vincent D'Onofrio
Jena Malone
Jodie Foster
Jake Richardson





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This is about two teenage boys who go to a Catholic High School. Bored with their lives, they rebel against the nuns, and steal and deface school property. But one prank goes too far, which changes their lives forever. -- Tia Maria

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Chris Kavan 02/12/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A pretty good take on the whole "coming-of-age" storyline that has been done time and time before. Great casting as Emile Hirsch and Kieran Culkin are great as the best friends who raise hell in their Catholic School. Likewise Jodie Foster is excellent as the nun who gives them grief and Jena Malone is outstanding as the romantic interest with a troubled soul. The animation snippets were kind of strange, but lent themselves well to the story. Overall, a good movie.

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Tia Maria 07/06/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a great teenage movie about two teenage boys lives in a Catholic school. They rebel against the nuns, draw sleazy cartoons, and one boy meets a girl... I really enjoyed this movie, as Emile Hirsch did a good performance, as did Jodie Foster. But, the only this I didn't like was the little snippets of animated characters. Even though it showed what the people of the movie were going through, in a different form, I have never like anime. If you are a teenage boy, you will love this movie, and even though I am not, I still loved it!

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03/03/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The Folly of Youth

Oh, the folly of youth. I love it when it runs amok in unconventional teen dramas. I must admit that I did enjoy this film a lot primarily because of Emile Hirsch (I'm quickly becoming a really big fan). According to some critics' reviews, the animation is too distracting and it seemed like the film is trying to become something it's not. I disagree because the animation symbolizes what the characters were going through, things that they can't explain using words. I also think that the animation is supposed to be that integral part of youth that the characters try to hold on to, especially when their problems got tougher and more "real." Without the animated sequences, I think this film would've been reduced to one Saturday morning to the next. Therefore, the animation made this film rich...

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