The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

Movie review by Sarah Orrick, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Coming-of-age film only for those already of age.

R 2002 105 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 17+

One of my favorite movies

A good movie to watch with your 17+ kid, together. Great conversation starter.
age 18+

Offensive

With independent films, the experience is often either very good or very bad. I was bitterly dissapointed with this movie, and had to have me finger on the fast forward button throughout. I do not know what offended me more, the obnoxiousness of the boys, the one-dimensional portrayal of religious men and women, or the negative view of Catholic education. The title itself is misleading. The story had nothing to do with the fact that these boys were alter servers at Mass. Their behaviour throughout the story was more suited to John Belushi's "Animal House". I am also a product of Catholic schools, and I find it difficult to believe that students in their early teens are capable of such destructive behaviour. As a Catholic, I am very much offended by this movie.

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