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Saved! (2004)



Critic Consensus: A satirical teen comedy that, unfortunately, pulls its punches.

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"Good girl" Mary and her domineering best friend, Hilary Faye, are starting their senior year at the top of the social food chain at American Eagle Christian High School--that is until Mary's boyfriend tells her that he thinks he may be gay. When Jesus appears to her in a vision, she heeds his message to "do everything she can to help her boyfriend" and, to her horror, she ends up pregnant. Suddenly, Mary begins to question everything she's believed in, and Hilary Faye and her devoted "disciples" soon turn against her. As an outcast, Mary finds herself alone until she's befriended by the school's other pariahs: Hilary Faye's cynical wheelchair-bound brother, Roland; the principal's skater heart-throb son, Patrick; and the high school's lone Jew, an exuberant rebel named Cassandra. The group of outsiders band together to navigate the treacherous halls of high school and make it to graduation--ultimately learning more about themselves, finding faith in unexpected places, and realizing what it truly means to be Saved!

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as Hilary Faye
Eva Amurri
as Cassandra
Martin Donovan
as Pastor Skip
Julia Arkos
as PE Coach
Donna White
as Trudy Mason
Nicki Clyne
as Guitar Player
Aaron Douglas
as Paramedic
Patricia Drake
as Dean's Mother
Brent Fidler
as Church Man
Jay Hilliker
as Waiter/Host
John Innes
as Pastor
Greg Kean
as Dean's Father
Joe MacLeod
as Lead Singer
Althea McAdam
as Church Wife
Thomas Plustwik
as Carpenter/Jesus
Syndie Skeeles
as 3-Year-Old Mary
Susan Wilkey
as Pink Bouffant Lady
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Critic Reviews for Saved!

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (40)

It's a shame the closing moral about a more pragmatic, inclusive approach to spirituality is conveyed with such a heavy hand.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

No doubt the filmmakers are bracing for -- even hoping for -- a display of ire from religious conservatives. But the truth is, nothing in Saved! stings.

August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A minor work, yet it has a teasing lilt to it, and to make it at all took courage and originality.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

After two comically inventive scenes, it quickly turns soft and flat.

June 24, 2004 | Full Review…
New York Observer
Top Critic

Something puts the fear of God into Saved! about halfway in.

June 11, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Saved! ultimately can't quite go the distance, but it's a promising debut by a filmmaker to watch.

June 11, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Saved!

I really liked this film! It was funny and it also gave out a positive message. A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A teen comedy with the typical cliques and baddies but also, many deep commentaries on love, sex, faith, humanity, and diversity. Every character achieves redemption in his or her own way, but that's okay because it echoes what the movie believes true Christianity should be. The "shit - fuck - Goddamn" scene is excellent.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

I thought it was hilarious in high school, gets less funny as an adult and you analyze da chuuch issues. Solid satire.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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