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Mary--known as the 'good girl'--and her popular, influential best friend, Hilary Faye, are starting their senior year at the top of the social structure at American Christian High School. But when...  View more >

Starring Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin...  View more >

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Jun 13, 2004
Close to a \"see now\". Close to a 2004 top ten film. It\'s very good, but a bit predictable.
Jun 22, 2004
This movie has been generating a little negative publicity for its critical stance on evangelical Christians. That negative publicity has come from. . . evangelical Christians. It happened with Dogma, and it's happening on a smaller scale with this. If you're a Christian, prepare to be roasted. The basic point of this movie is summed up in a single quote: "Why would God make each of us different if he wanted us all to act the same?" The movie backs up its argument very well, although a little viciously at times.

The main character, a devout Christian played by Jena Malone, discovers that her boyfriend is gay and sets out to "cure" him. . . by having sex with him. Of course, she gets pregnant and must hide it from her ultra-Christian friends, led by the Bible-thumping and totally vicious Hillary Faye (Mandy Moore, who shows a whole lot more range that I expected from her). This requires a suspension of disbelief on our part, because Jena hides her pregnancy for what seems like the entire term. . . by wearing baggy sweaters. That'd have to be a lot of cluelessness.

There's more to this movie, of course, but the bulk of the commentary comes from the over-the-top antics of Hillary Faye and the school's principal ("Jesus is in the house! Oh yeah!"). "Saved!" has a whole lot of laughs, even more if you know your Christianity, but some might be offended.

The biggest problem I had was that, for a movie with so many views and opinions and points, its stance on teen pregnancy seems awfully lax. It's treated like what it obviously was to the filmmakers: a plot device. No consequences are shown and we are led to believe that the only reason Jena Malone's character is upset here is because her friends would think she was an evil Satan-worshipper or something. This is troubling for a movie that so clearly has a moral, and it undermines the experience.
The movie's ending is also predictable and typical, and I was disappointed considering what had preceded was so edgy and smart. It all leads up to the big confrontation at. . . drumroll. . . the prom. Note to filmmakers: Stuff Like This never happens at prom.

Still, "Saved!" is often hilarious, has lots of good performaces, especially from Ms. Moore (and I get the feeling that Jena Malone will be a big name some day, too), and has something more for your brain to chew on than the other great comedy in theaters now, "Dodgeball." *** out of 4.

PS If looking for something that might not offend your sensibilities but is still funny AND smart, search long and hard for woefully under-seen and comepletely awesome "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." More people NEED to see this.
Jul 30, 2004

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