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Saved!

Director: Brian Dannelly

Screenwriters: Brian Dannelly, Michael Urban

Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival

Description

A gleeful, nondenominational, politically incorrect comedy for anyone who's been to Bible camp, Saved! takes the conventions of overwrought After School Specials and turns them inside "out."

Meet Mary, a devout teenager at a Baptist high school. When her earnest boyfriend tells her he's gay, a distressed Mary has a heavenly vision and comes to the obvious conclusion that the best way to straighten out her boyfriend is to sleep with him. Things don't go entirely as planned, to say the least. Meanwhile, Mary's relentlessly religious best friend, Hilary Faye, is on a crusade to convert a Jewish classmate, win the heart of the cute new boy with a skateboard and a religious mission, and keep tabs on her sarcastic younger brother, who is wheelchair bound but something of a holy terror.

Often happily over the top, but with a soft spot in its heart for all of its characters, Brian Dannelly's film is a teasing take on the passionate moral convictions of adolescence. Featuring a stellar cast, including Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit, and Heather Matarazzo, Saved! poses the question, "What's a God-fearing girl to do when well-meaning classmates are hell-bent on saving her soul?"

— Elizabeth Richardson

Screening Details

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