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Boys Will Be Boys: Love, Rebellion and a Catholic Education. (Film).(Brief Article)(Critical Essay)

Magazine article Book

Boys Will Be Boys: Love, Rebellion and a Catholic Education. (Film).(Brief Article)(Critical Essay)

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THE TITLE OF CHRIS FURHMAN'S NOVEL, THE DANGEROUS Lives of Altar Boys, adapted into a new film starring Kieran Culkin, Jodie Foster and Vincent D'Onofrio, sounds like it was ripped straight from current headlines. But the danger in it isn't the type one has come to expect.

Set in Savannah, Altar Boys follows a group of reckless Catholic schoolboys who share an obsession with comic books. Francis (Emile Hirsch) finds a first love in Margie (Jena Malone) and a best friend in Tim (Culkin). Foster, who also serves as producer, plays a nun who is often the victim of the boys' practical jokes. The jokes are innocent pranks, with the exception of one--which leads to a deadly conclusion.

It was the dark side of the story that attracted first-time feature director Peter Care to the project. "I liked the rebellious nature of the kids, and the strange little love story with Margie," he says. …

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