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The Wise Kids

  NR Closed Captioning

Stephen Cone

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Plot Summary

A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt, the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer, and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 9
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 15, 2012

Fresh: Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Mar 12, 2012

Fresh: [Flaws are] ultimately overshadowed by Cone's excellent young actors, particularly Torem, burrowing deeply into her character's zealotry and anguish about being left behind. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Mar 13, 2012

Fresh: Honest, observant, and subtle. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 31, 2011

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Customer Reviews

A great film for adults and older teens alike

This is a deeply moving and beautifully crafted film that everyone should see. It is one of the most authentic portrayals of youth ever put on screen — really in a class with that other youthful classic last-summer-before-college sleeper hit Breaking Away. A great film for adults and older teens alike — for anyone who has ever grappled with their spiritual beliefs or simply finding the courage to be true to who you really are. This film is not only very well produced, well written and well directed — it has an amazing young cast — especially Tyler Ross as Tim and the writer-director-star Stephen Cone as his church drama teacher.

What a great film

From the angle of portraits through the movie and the acting is just stunning. Well written as well. Worth more than the money I paid for buying the movie. I've been in the same situation with my youth and it kept the feelings and the same questions I had and unsolved. The movie did not try hard you to understand. Instead, it walks you through it. What a great movie. Highly recommend.

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