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Outside Providence

movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Outside Providence

Starring: Shawn Hatosy, Alec Baldwin
Director: Michael Corrente
Rated: R
RunTime: 95 Minutes
Release Date: September 1999
Genres: Comedy, Drama

*Also starring: George Wendt, Jonathan Brandis, Tommy Bone, Jack Ferver, Amy Smart, Gabriel Mann, Jon Abrahams

Review by Suzdal
3 stars out of 4

Although the plot is nothing you haven't seen before this movie turns out to be both funny and sweet enough to leave you feeling good about having watched. Partly this is due to the Farrelly Bros. trademark irreverent humor-although personally I've never been a huge fan of the grosser elements of it. Partly the script handles the "wrong side of the tracks" characters very realistically and Dunphy's coming of age is believable not just a cinematic convention. Part of the credit also has to go to the overall excellent cast-especially Alec Baldwin as Dunphy's truly screwed up old man. John Abrahams as Drugs Delaney is a kick and Shawn Hatosy (a familiar face from several recent films like The Faculty and In & Out) as the protagonist Tim Dunphy is quite good. George Wendt has a nice role as well. The only ringer is the Mr. Funderberk character which is essentially just your basic evil adult out to get Our Hero. All the standard teen-70s-coming of age shtick is here: constant pot smoking, dumb sex pranks, etc. But if not stunningly original it's still a sweet and funny film. However I would rather have seen more of the father-son subplot than the romantic one. The 70's soundtrack is nice, too.

For a similar feel try Heaven Help Us or Dazed and Confused.

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