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The point of the film wasn't to provide a Polaroid of what life in Christian fundamentalist high schools is like. If so, they would have included more of the really nice people that inhabit the schools. The point of the film is to highlight something that Jena Malone's character Mary (albeit, a not so virginal one) says to Pastor Skip near the end: "Why would God make us all so different, if he wanted us to all be the same?" I have witnessed first hand the way that many fundamentalist groups want to cut back on diversity, want to limit the number of legitimate lifestyle choices for people.Read more ›
When I first saw this movie, I posted a review and gave it three stars. I can't stress how much I regret that now. I don't think I knew what to really make of it. I saw some of the reviews and heard some of the complaints about it, and think I watched it with slightly clouded judgment. Since then, I've seen it a few more times and am no longer hung-up on whether the movie is trying to impart a political opinion on me. I am able to see it for what's really there; a film with more heart than one of this type should have.
You'll be surprised by how many touching scenes there are in this movie. Seriously, they're some of the most moving moments you'll ever see in a teen comedy and they just keep coming. The best one takes place in the school's bathroom where the heroine, a teenager who's alone and friendless, carrying a secret burden many adults can't even handle, is tricked into confessing the secret by an antagonist. She breaks down and starts to cry, and is quickly befriended by the girl. Words can't describe what an unbelievably moving moment that is. It's the best I've ever seen in a teen comedy, and I grew up in the 80's, I've seen them all.Read more ›
Mandy Moore does a beautiful job of being a completely confused teenage girl who is trying to build herself up by pushing other people spiritually down. She's absolutely hateable, pitiable, and in the end, almost likeable.
Jena Malone is unbelievable. I had never seen her before, but she absolutely stole my heart. Her character Mary is a wonderfully written girl who tries to do what she thinks is right, but it goes all wrong. Jena's acting was beautiful, and I look forward to seeing more of her work.
The supporting cast was phenomenal as well. Macaulay Culkin does a wonderful job as Hilary Faye's brother Roland, a boy stuck at a Christian school who wants something more. Patrick Fugit is the ultimate romantic teen lead as Pastor Skip's son Patrick: he's not airbrushed, he's not a pretty-boy, and he's not wearing eyeliner. He's just the sweet, genuine boy-next-door, and you love him for it. (He also does not overact, which would have been incredibly easy to do in his role.) Eva Amurri plays a very real character as well: she's the Jewish girl at the Christian school, and she's sick and tired of people trying to "save" her. She just wants to be who she is.
Other remarkable actors include Chad Faust as Mary's boyfriend Dean, Mary-Louise Parker as Mary's mother, and Heather Matarazzo as Tia, a girl who's eager to fit in with Hilary Faye.
As a Christian, I was not offended by this movie. I thought it was a very well-done commentary on typical human behavior. Religion is fine, but don't use it as a crutch, and don't lord it over other people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable send-up of hypocrisy. And, as in all the best teen/high-school movies, a walloping vindication of the outsider/nonconformist kids who are brave enough maintain their... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Reader Rabbit
One of my favorites from high school days! I have fond memories of this movie's message even reaching my mother. Macaulay is great in this along with the others! Read morePublished 1 month ago by :) camper
Basically the standard teen high school main character dealing with a nasty bully type movie you've seen plenty of times before. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James N Simpson
'Saved!', a 2004 release, is not what it first appears to be. Despite taking place at a Christian high-school, with a group of devout seniors at its' center, 'Saved! Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Alper
When I first saw this movie I thought that it was going to be a jab and Christianity. However, I like the way the story unfolds with Jenna Malones character of Mary. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Holly Billick
I wanted to see this movie when it came out, but just ended up seeing it now. It was a huge disappointment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JD
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the name of the song is "in the sun"
Jun 14, 2007 by deb w in TN | See all 4 posts
I don't see any on the web or on amazon.com, its possible that one was never made (it was kind of an indie film) or they couldn't get the rights to make a soundtrack, just the movie.
Oct 16, 2006 by Adam Snyder | See all 2 posts