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Outside Providence

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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

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Review by Susan Granger
2 stars out of 4

Don't expect another "There's Something About Mary," just because this contemporary comedy is made by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Instead of gross silliness, there's gloppy sentiment, as Shawn Hatosy portrays a pot-smoking slacker teen, circa 1974, in the blue-collar town of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. After a fender-bender with a parked police car, he's packed off to a fancy Connecticut prep school, Cornwall Academy, where he's outnumbered, outclassed, and definitely out of place. But he gets little sympathy from his beer-guzzling, loud-mouthed, deadbeat dad (Alec Baldwin) whose idea of affection is to nickname the boy "Dildo." "It ain't easy being Ozzie when you ain't got a Harriet," dad explains. Predictably - and somewhat unimaginatively - Hatosy not only ends up with the prettiest girl around (Amy Smart), protects his wheelchair-bound younger brother (Tommy Bone), and takes revenge on a repressive dean. Directed and co-written by Michael Corrente ("American Buffalo"), there are quirky touches like a three-legged dog and some crude slapstick antics, but there's nothing to make your hair stand on end about this prosaic coming-of-age story set. Not surprising since the script was recycled from long before the Farrelly brothers had hits like "Dumb and Dumber." And the edgy comedy "Rushmore," released early this year, covered the same territory far better. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Outside Providence" is a flimsy 5. It's bittersweet nostalgia - wait for the video.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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