The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama


The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) Poster

A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.


7/10
12,789

Videos


Photos

  • Emile Hirsch at an event for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
  • Jena Malone at an event for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
  • Jodie Foster at an event for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
  • Jodie Foster at an event for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
  • Jodie Foster and Jena Malone at an event for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
  • Julianne Moore at an event for The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Awards

2 wins.

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


15 January 2003 | Jonny_Numb
7
| good film that remains relatively faithful to its source
"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" is one of the best books I've read in awhile, so I was pretty stoked to see how it translated to film. The good news is, this coming-of-age tale (revolving around the themes of first love and adolescent mischief) remains faithful to its source, while expanding (successfully, I think) upon what was written in the book. This worked very well in Terry Zwigoff's "Ghost World," but there are times in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" where the tone threatens to go from comedy-drama, to flat-out drama, to flat-out comedy. It always manages to regain its balance, though. The story revolves around Francis Doyle (Emile Hirsch) and Tim Sullivan (Kieran Culkin, who's very good), altar boys with a comic-book fixation and a resentment of authority (represented here by Jodie Foster's peg-legged Mother Superior); also on hand is Francis' love interest, Margie (Jena Malone), who reveals herself to be a complicated, tragic figure.

As far as revisiting adolescence is concerned, "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" is accurate, funny, and even sad. However, it suffers from an over-emphasis on close-ups during key dramatic scenes, and the lead performance of Emile Hirsch is surprisingly weak (when he emotes, it looks exaggerated and fake). Overall, though, this is pretty good. 3.5 stars out of 5.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



More Like This

Igby Goes Down

Igby Goes Down

Lymelife

Lymelife

Saved!

Saved!

The Mudge Boy

The Mudge Boy

The Emperor's Club

The Emperor's Club

Imaginary Heroes

Imaginary Heroes

The Go-Getter

The Go-Getter

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate

Life as a House

Life as a House

Thumbsucker

Thumbsucker

Foxes

Foxes

Mean Creek

Mean Creek

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy | Drama

Featured on IMDb

See what IMDb editors are watching this month, and visit our guides to what's on TV and streaming, video games, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com