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The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys [DVD]

Kieran Culkin , Jena Malone , Peter Care    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Emile Hirsch, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Richardson
  • Directors: Peter Care
  • Writers: Chris Fuhrman, Jeff Stockwell, Michael Petroni
  • Producers: Bob Stephenson, Cheryl La Sasso, Chrisanne Mitchell, David A. Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022EFHK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,779 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set in the 1970s, this is the story of two rebellious teenage boys, Tim (Kieran Culkin) and Francis (Emile Hirsch), who attend a strict Catholic school presided over by the strict, humourless one-legged Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster). The boys spend their time pulling elaborate pranks and creating a comic book, illustrated by the exceptionally talented Francis, featuring themselves and their friends as superheroes in a fictional universe. When the comic is confiscated by Sister Assumpta, the boys plan revenge, but this time their prank goes to far, and misfires with tragic consequences.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never have Alter Boys been this entertaining 15 Oct 2004
By Rob B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was in the gym on a Thursday evening, my 3rd visit in 2 months. I noticed that my gym has a vast collection of rubbish 80's video and a selection of about 5 DVD's, I browsed these DVD's more through a means to distract myself from the inevitable workout that the intention to rent one out.
Anyhow I stumbled across the title "The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys" I'd never actually heard of this title but the description it gave was intriguing and I remember Kieran Calkin put in a good performance in "Igby Goes Down" even though I was slightly disappointed with that Film overall.
"The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys" has everything, its a film about friends, its a film about love, its a film about growing up and getting into a lot of trouble while doing it. Maybe because I was expecting so little I got so much or maybe it's just a damn good film. I loved it!!!
The film revolves around 4 friends and their fascination for comic books; this fascination however gets two of them expelled from their strict Catholic school after a blasphemous comic they had written is found by Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster). They hatch a plan to destroy the evidence involving four friends imagination and a wild cat!!
Buy this film or go and rent it from the gym, either way make sure you watch it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected. 15 Jun 2008
By Eye Can
This had all sorts of themes weaving their way through a very entertaining absorbing unpatronising coming of age story.
With its smattering of shocks and points of humour the story revolving around an elaborate far fetched practical joke unfolded to reach an
horrific climax.
The balance between the adolescents imaginary comic book cartoon worlds of their superheros/egos and reality is balanced superbly.
How this film has quietly slipped by is a mystery. Both boys in family utterly hooked by the way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short Review of Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys 4 Jun 2010
A coming of age film, which reminded me a little of Lindsay Anderson's "If". However, whereas "If" was stark and powerful, this was sentimental, with acting which didn't seem to know where it was going. The strongest performance was by Emile Hirsch, but he could have used some of the restraint he showed in The Mudge Boy to achieve much more impact. His performance was a little over the top and teary. The way the film interwove the naturalistic with the fantasy (anime) elements was good, but perhaps a bit cliched as well. I also liked the way William Blake's poetry and philosophy of sexual liberation was brought into it to contrast with the repressive Catholic upbringing of the boys, but it could have developed that more I feel. It was a film which was obviously aimed for a teenage audience and because of that certain opportunities to make a stronger statement were missed.
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