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THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS

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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
110 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/14/02
performer:
Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jodie Foster, Jena Malone
director:
Peter Care
distributor:
THINKFilm
author:
Jeff Stockwell
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

Set in the 1970s, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, an adaptation of Chris Fuhrman’s posthumously published novel, tries to establish a casually organic, stand-by-me flow, even as it turns the adventures of two parochial-school friends into lumbering parables of lost innocence. We get Jodie Foster overacting as a one-legged nun, a tender courtship that dances around a Sinful Secret, and a disastrous prank to spring a cougar from the local zoo. It’s all way too heavy-handed, though nicely acted by Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, and, especially, Jena Malone. In an innovative twist, the kids’ comic-book fantasies come to life in animated sequences (drawn by ”Spawn”’s Todd McFarlane) that are like the Bible gone madly Marvel.