Outside Providence Reviews
"There once was a kid from Pawtucket..."
I was pleasantly surprised by Outside Providence. It wasn't a movie that looked or sounded all that interesting to me, but my boredom soon got the best of me and I gave it a look. There's nothing all that smart going on with the filmmaking. The story is breaking new ground, the acting is just average, and the dialogue works sometimes and other times it doesn't. With all that said, I still enjoyed the film for the most part.
After a night of partying, Tim(nicknamed Dildo by his father) and his friends are driving home when they crash into a parked police car. His father is angry, angry enough to send him away to a prep school. Upon arrival there, he clashes with the headmaster and begins to be labeled as the stupid, trouble maker. He also meets a girl who he begins to romance. Basically the movie is a lot of smoking weed and drinking surrounded by some drifting, school scenes, and family sequences.
The films writing is a bit weak to say the least. It doesn't seem that well thought out, but in the end, it gets there; even if just barely. Outside Providence is worth a look for the 70's teenage partying culture(if you're into it), but it isn't a movie I would say needs to be watched. If you stumble across it one day though, give it a shot.
think it's going to be a stoner movie, or maybe a kid rise out of a
broken family movie, you even hate the father immediately. Alec Baldwin
is over acting that role, but at some point... you're saying to
yourself: "It's just right". It is a caricature, but a sensible one.
The evolution of the main character is truly believable, and you're
given all the right milestones to his progression. The rescue he
conjure up is even realistic.
The acting is good, even if the stoners are overdone, especially the
main one. The editing is invisible, the soundtrack well incorporated,
the story interesting, the dialogues solid, and the romance very sweet.
See it, and you'll have a good evening.
One of my favorite lines ever is when Baldwin is talking to his teenage son about sex. :"Sex is like Chinese food. It over til you both get your cookies." Think I'll use that one myself someday