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The Wise Kids

2012

NR CC
4.1 out of 5 stars (29) IMDb 6.3/10

Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time.

Starring:
Molly Kunz, Eric Hulsebos
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Stephen Cone
Starring Molly Kunz, Eric Hulsebos
Supporting actors Tyler Ross, Frank Stennett, Stephen Cone, Lee Armstrong, Sadieh Rifai, Allison Torem, Cynthia Pulsifer, Braxton Williams, Cliff Chamberlain, Laurel Schroeder, Rodney Lee Rogers, Sullivan Hamilton, Jonathan Jones, Sharon Graci, Matt DeCaro, Jacob Leinbach, Sadie Rogers, Ann Whitney
Studio Wolfe Video
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By J. Martin on June 26, 2013
Format: DVD
Wow. Movies don't get much better than this little gem.

Nothing is either predictable or stereotyped, none of the characters are one-dimensional villains or good guys, gays don't hate Christians and Christians don't hate gays, homos and heteros get along okay - and yet (and this is the movie's most astounding accomplishment) every person in it is real and complex and nobody gets shoehorned into a false and creepy "let's all just love one another" box.

These are real people, doing what real people do in tough situations. Not ranting at each other like the morons on talk radio and in Congress but living together, working through their differences instead of using the differences to attack each other.

Without ever being the least bit sappy or manipulative or simplistic, this movie shows what love is: Loving is hard most of the time, and it hurts - a LOT - sometimes, but it's worth every tear and every drop of blood it costs.

This is a fantastic movie. The actors are great, every last one of them (although Allison Torem as Laura is electrifying, the steady, pulsing heart of the movie); the story and dialog are smart without ever seeming to be smart, interesting and entertaining without ever being mindless: just people talking to each other about things that matter to them; and the direction by Stephen Cone - pulling all of this together so beautifully and so powerfully, while writing AND producing AND acting one of the main roles - is just astounding.

I cannot praise this movie highly enough or recommend it enthusiastically enough. It deserves far more recognition than it will ever get.
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Lovely, lovely movie. Pure story and what a wonderful story it is. Well written and well directed and, by the 3 young leads....so well acted. 3 dear friends in a very religious town are friends as the prospect of college looms they begin to examine what they think and feel too. Laure is the devout religious member of the trio and her faith is unshakable. Brea is having doubts even though her father is a pastor. She is having serious doubts and wants to go to NYU to expand her new horizons. She wants to go to NYU with the 3rd member of the trio and that is Tim who is just coming to terms with the fact that he is gay. Brea is fine with it, needless to say Laura, is not at all. The study and thoughts of these 3 is enthralling. Bravo to all involved.
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Outstanding performances from the young ensemble cast, especially Tyler Ross (star of Nate & Margaret) highlight this dramatic film which actually follows 2 very deep storylines. The primary focus is on teenager Tim (played by Ross) as he maneuvers his Baptist upbringing with the realization he is gay. His closest friends take 2 sides as they come to terms with something that challenges their faith.

Meanwhile, Austin (played by Stephen Cone) is the involved church member. He and his wife are leading the church production. As Tim begins to accept and embrace his sexuality (alongside a supportive father), the event triggers Austin to question his own sexuality. Dramatic and complex, everything changes, more so for Austin than Tim. A visible stark contrast is present between the two experiences. After all, for Tim, college life and his entire future await. For Austin, the challenge is far more engrossing - a prominent church position, a wife - what are his next steps?

If only films like this would make it mainstream - it would do the world well to see the comprehensive battles individuals face during coming out, especially for those late in life.

The production is a mix of Lifetime Movie meets Afterschool Special meets Christian programming. At times, the acting / flow can be quite annoying but overall, the production - and the message - carries the film. No doubt a low-budget production, the music soundtrack is actually quite impressive. For me, one of the most endearing scenes was the birthday dance, which featured the song "Crosswalk Stereo" by The Pass.
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This is the first of seen of Stephen Cone and it is incredible. This is a phenomenal example of a movie that tells more by saying less. What this director gets out of these actors, and himself as an actor, is incredible. Whether you agree or disagree with any of the viewpoints of this movie, they are all backdrop here for a movie about real human beings and their emotions. My only complaint is that I was confused over the relationship (family relations, i.e. brother/sister or friends, etc.) between a few of the characters. This reminds me of the movie Save Me in that all of the characters, Christians/Atheist, Straight/Gay, come off not looking bad, or wrong, but just looking as real people struggling to figure out their lives.
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Fairly well done movie. Thought provoking . It brings out some of the questioning thoughts of believers of seinors in high school. Really quite a turning point in teenagers lives . Leaving what has been familiar for four years and venturing into a whole new world where questions and realities abound. If parents could watch this movie with their teenagers it might be a great icebreaker to help answer some of their questions of what lies beyond high school.
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