savedMary Cummings (Jena Malone), a good Christian girl who attends a Christian high school, gets pregnant and starts realizing what kind of hypocrites she hangs out with. It’s easy to sympathize with a movie that targets Christian fundamentalism, but director Brian Dannelly goes too far. After spending a lot of time making the right moves, attacking the fanatics in an intelligent and cheerful way, Dannelly becomes too loud and predictable, even turning the main hypocrite (Mandy Moore’s character) into a stereotypical clown. Too bad.

2004-U.S. 92 min. Color. Directed by Brian Dannelly. Cast: Jena Malone (Mary Cummings), Mandy Moore (Hilary Faye), Macaulay Culkin (Roland), Patrick Fugit, Heather Matarazzo, Eva Amurri… Mary-Louise Parker.

Trivia: Co-produced by Michael Stipe. Anne Hathaway was allegedly considered for the part of Hilary Faye. Later a stage musical.

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