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Begins as a satire, ends with a renewal of faith.
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  • Review Date: October 4, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know


Comic violence.


Strong sexual references and situations for a PG-13, including teen pregnancy.


Some strong language for a PG-13.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teen smoking, drinking, and drug use. Smoking is portrayed as an indicator of being cool and rebellious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very mature material for a PG-13, including extremely strong language and explicit sexual references and situations, including adultery, teen sex, and homosexuality. Characters smoke (smoking is portrayed as an indicator of being cool and rebellious) and drink. Characters shoot guns at a target range and there is some mild violence (no one hurt). Strengths of the movie include the positive portrayal of disabled and gay characters and the ultimate conclusion about the importance of seeking the real meaning of the Bible's teachings.

What's the story?

In SAVED!, Mary (Jena Malone) is about to start her senior year at the Eagle Mountain Christian School when her boyfriend Dean confesses that he thinks he is gay. She decides to "save" him by having sex with him, believing that it will not count as losing her virginity if it is for such a holy purpose. But Dean's parents find gay porn in his room and send him off to a facility to be "cured." Mary finds out that she is pregnant, and begins to question whether the faith she has accepted as it was presented to her is a fair portrayal of the teachings of Jesus. Then there's Hillary Faye (Mandy Moore), who uses her literal "holier-than-thou" status to rule the school, especially her in-crowd group, called the Christian Jewels. On the other side because they are willing to ask questions are the school's only Jewish student, Cassandra (Eva Amurri), Hillary Faye's brother Roland (Macauley Culkin), confined to a wheelchair due to a childhood accident, and Pastor Skip's son Patrick (Patrick Fugit), who is interested in Mary.

Is it any good?


The first thing teens figure out is that it is enticingly easy to make fun of believers in any category; what's nice about this movie is that it does so while still entirely respectful of belief. It begins as a satire of new age-y holier than thou people who spend more time worrying about the appearance of Christianity than the values. But it concludes with a renewed commitment to a faith that engages the mind and heart. You could even call it grace.

The script teeters into predictability at times but the outstanding young cast is wonderfully vibrant, especially Amurri, whose freshness -- in both senses of the word -- works very well for her character. As the school's pastor, Martin Donovan makes it clear that his character is genuinely a man of faith who is not quite sure if he has what it takes to inspire others to share what he feels so strongly in his heart. Hillary Faye uses her faith to establish her power and prestige. She, too, has a secret that fuels her need to control the way she is perceived. The movie is not afraid to skewer its targets, but importantly it is careful to make those targets hypocrisy and arrogance and not faith. Indeed, the movie makes it clear that superficial professions of faith are a distraction from genuine commitment to the values that are the basic principles of Christianity or any religion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how they think about their own religion and the religions practiced by others. Mary asks "Why would God make us all different if He wanted us to be the same?"

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 28, 2004
DVD release date:October 5, 2004
Cast:Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, Mandy Moore
Director:Brian Dannelly
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:strong thematic issues involving - sexual content, pregnancy, smoking and language

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Adult Written byjcsavs316 April 9, 2008

awesome discussion starter for family

I saw this movie in the theatre and laughed throughout it. It does have some questionable scenes in it, and may not be for more conservative parents or families. I think that there are a lot of points and discussions that could come out of the movie. It would be very wise to make sure to talk with your children about the movie before or afterward, because there may be some awesome points to discuss, that could turn into some cool conversations. If you are a religious family, don't disregard the movie right away, because it is an awesome eye opener.
Teen, 15 years old Written byWayTooDramatic April 9, 2008

Teen Comedy is no longer an oxymoron!

This movie is really funny, but there is really strong sexual content. The start of the movie is when Mary has sex with her boyfriend after he tells her he is gay, because she thinks it will "de-gay" him. After that, there is a lot more sexual references. There is one use of the f-word, and a lot of s-words. Some teens smoke and drink. But this is a really funny movie and tolerance is a theme.
Kid, 12 years old April 5, 2011

One Of My Favorite Movies

Saved! is one of my favorite movies. It's realstic, funny, witty, and, oh my gosh, it's just excellent!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages


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