Around the Fire (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Around the Fire (1998)





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A teenager rebelling against his father falls in with a bunch of hippies in this coming-of-age drama. Simon (Devon Sawa) is a high school student who isn't sure what he wants to do with his life. After the death of his mother, Simon's problems with his father Matt (Bill Smitrovich) escalate, especially after Matt marries a woman he suspects was involved with his father before his mother's death. Matt sends Simon away to an upscale boarding school, where he doesn't fit in with the sports-obsessed and career-minded students. Simon does make friends with a fellow campus misfit, Andrew (Eric Mabius), who one weekend invites Simon to see a concert by a popular neo-hippie jam band. Simon is fascinated by the nomadic fans who follow the band on the road, and he meets Jennifer (Tara Reid), a beautiful girl who sells veggie stir-fry in the parking lot before shows. Soon Simon has dropped out of school to hit the road with Jennifer; however, while Andrew, Jennifer, and most of their friends are able to handle casual drug use, Simon's discovery of marijuana and LSD sends him down a path into dangerous abuse, and before long, Matt puts Simon into rehab against his will. Around the Fire features an original score by B.C. Smith, performed by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell; songs by The Grateful Dead, The Meters, Phish, and Bob Marley and the Wailers also appear on the soundtrack.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John W. Comerford, John Comerford, Tommy Rosen
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On DVD: Aug 22, 2000
Ardustry Home Entertainment


Tara Reid
as Jennifer
Daphne Brogdon
as Simon's Mother
Blaine Walker
as Young Simon
Manny the Hippie
as Vegan GooBall Man
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August 12, 2005

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Apollo Guide

Full Review… | March 21, 2001

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Around the Fire

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

didn't think I would enjoy but I did. The charator Simon had many demetions( misspelled) to him and you can see him change through out the movie.

kathy taylor

what a piece of shit. Somehow it's hard to believe that John directed this... but then again..... it's not hard to believe..... slow as fuck.

Rachel Monkey

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