Outside Providence (1999)

Outside Providence (1999)



Critic Consensus: Miscasted performers and humor miss the mark.

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Based on a novel by Peter Farrelly, published in 1988 before he became famous as a writer and director of such films as Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary, Outside Providence is a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s. Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy), known as Dunph to his friends and Dildo to others, is a high school burn-out with a gift for getting into trouble; it doesn't help that his best friend is named Drugs Delaney (Jon Abrahams), and it somehow makes sense that Dunph's pet would be a three-legged dog with one eye. Dunph's father (Alec Baldwin) is convinced his son is on the fast track to Palookaville, so when Timothy gets in a wreck with a police car, his dad pulls a few strings and enrolls him in a private prep school. Dunph quickly learns the biggest difference between his old friends at home and his new classmates: rich kids have money, and money buys privilege. They can buy drugs from expensive dealers who won't fink on them, and pay for abortions when their girlfriends get unexpectedly pregnant, instead of having to get married. Dunph doesn't entirely fit into a school full of rich kids, but when he falls in love with Jane Weston (Amy Smart), he's determined to win her heart. Peter Farrelly adapted his novel with the help of his brother and screenwriting partner Bobby Farrelly and director Michael Corrente, whose previous credits include the film version of David Mamet's American Buffalo.
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Shawn Hatosy
as Timothy Dunphy
Jon Abrahams
as Drugs Delaney
Alec Baldwin
as Old Man Dunphy
Tommy Bone
as Jackie Dunphy
Amy Smart
as Jane Weston
Tim Crowe
as Mr. Funderburk
Jack Ferver
as Irving Waltham
Adam LaVorgna
as Tommy The Wire
Jesse Leach
as Decenz
Gabriel Mann
as Jack Wheeler
Kristen Shorten
as Bunny Cote
Timothy Crowe
as Mr. Funderberk
Alex Toma
as Billy Fu
Jimmy Landi
as Ticket Salesman
Mike Cerrone
as Caveech
George Martin
as Dean Mort
Chris Jewett
as Brackett
Amy Van Nostrand
as Mrs. Weston
Libby Landgon
as Mrs. Dunphy
Johnny O'Hern
as Young Tim Dunphy
Kyle Pepi
as Young Jackie Dunphy
Ryan Pepi
as Young Jackie Dunphy
T.J. Paolino
as Maggie
Johnny Cicco
as Jensen
Kevin Gilmore
as Kelleher
Nigel Gore
as Dean John S. Rogers Jr.
Sean Gildea
as Math Teacher
Bernie Sheredy
as History Teacher
Mark O'Connell
as Jizz Flashback Older Boy No. 1
Seth William Meier
as Jizz Flashback Older Boy No. 2
Nicholas Cardi
as Cornwall Student No. 1
Vincent Meslella
as Cornwall Student No. 2
Joshua Moore
as Cornwall Student No. 3
Gus Albero
as Stoner
Eric Brown
as English Teacher
Harry Cooper
as Man at Bar No. 1
Steve Cerrone
as Man at Bar No. 2
Max Ricci
as Student in Dining Hall
Kate Lohman
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Outside Providence

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24)

I must admit I didn't hear every word. Some were muffled by my groans.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Fitfully amusing but nothing remarkable.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie reeks of the kind of atmosphere that makes you reach for the Lysol.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Michael Corrente loses his bearings, bringing nothing fresh, and everything bland.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Badly written and severely miscast!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The signature zaniness is missing from director Michael Corrente's adaptation.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Outside Providence

Timothy Dunphy: Brown University? They got one of those in Providence! "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.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Cool story - slice of life film. Set in the 70's. Written by one of the Farrely Bros, but not directed. Kick ass soundtrack.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

Nothing special, yet still enjoyable.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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