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      The Wise Kids

      2011 1h 35m Drama LGBTQ+ List
      100% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 67% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Teens navigate an uncertain future as they prepare to enter college. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 01 Buy Now

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      J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Chicago indie Stephen Cone took a quantum leap forward with this moving 2011 drama about a Christian youth group in small-town South Carolina. Mar 23, 2012 Full Review Stephen Holden New York Times "The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values. Rated: 4/5 Mar 15, 2012 Full Review Diego Semerene Slant Magazine Hovering over the narrative is the fear of the domino effect that change can enact, the dread that one person's "queerness" may perhaps expose everyone else's. Rated: 3/4 Mar 15, 2012 Full Review Bedatri D. Choudhury Screen Slate Cone is a master of restraint as his storytelling always manages to portray extremely emotional moments without falling onto the crutches of overt melodrama... Sep 18, 2020 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter The Wise Kids straddles the uneasy divide between love and faith. Jun 9, 2020 Full Review Eve Tushnet First Things This is a film with unusual imaginative generosity. Aug 6, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A rough-cut gem. Wonderful characters and acting; no simple answers to challenging questions. So worth watching, and so unlikely to be watched by so many. I'll have to watch it again, because it feels like there are many layers to enjoy ... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Well. I was riveted. The setting in an almost hyper-real US suburban setting, a kind of evangelical heaven on earth. But in this setting are real emotions, real people, beautifully portrayed by brilliant actors. It is both gently poignant and funny, with the delightfully "gay" ending with the Christmas tableau. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a movie about Christian kids in the last year of high school. Normally, I'd see that sentence and wince. Rather, I found a genuinely caring and realistic movie about young adults dealing with real issues of faith, loss of faith, and sexuality, not just prop pieces in a candy-ass come to Jesus glory glory story. In contravention of Christian conventions, one of the characters is a young homosexual sincere in his belief and comfortable in his skin with a loving father. A young woman grapples with losing her faith, another young woman is desperate to keep her faith in the face of challenges from her best friends. The acting is quite good, the direction firm. Johnny C sez check it out - you might be very pleasantly surprised. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member If you liked Stephen Cone's 'Princess Cyd' then you'll also like this earlier film of his. The acting is very solid and the premise is relatable, but i felt like the filmed wimped out a bit. There are two or three story threads where i was crying out for more drama, more conflict, but it didn't happen, and ultimately the ending was a bit limp. That said, it's very watchable and worth seeing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful, wonderful dive into the minds of three young adults, two of which are seeking to branch out from their traditional upbringings. This entire film was a reminder of the challenges I faced growing up, and that was what made it so powerful to me. The actress playing Brea did a phenomenal job portraying her own excommunication. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid low-budget indie film. While it doesn't have the technical filmmaking craft of bigger budget films, it has a sincere and at moments heartfelt story, pushing the coming-of-age genre in new directions. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Teens navigate an uncertain future as they prepare to enter college.
      Director
      Stephen Cone
      Screenwriter
      Stephen Cone
      Production Co
      Cone Arts
      Genre
      Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 24, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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