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The Wise Kids (2012)



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In a Baptist church community in Charleston, South Carolina, three teenage friends contemplate the next stage of life. There's Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Weaving comedy and drama, The Wise Kids is is a character-driven coming-of-age story with an extraordinarily talented young cast. -- (C) Official Site

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Sadieh Rifai
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Ann Whitney
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Chicago indie Stephen Cone took a quantum leap forward with this moving 2011 drama about a Christian youth group in small-town South Carolina.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Chicago Reader
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"The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values.

March 15, 2012
New York Times
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[Flaws are] ultimately overshadowed by Cone's excellent young actors, particularly Torem, burrowing deeply into her character's zealotry and anguish about being left behind.

Full Review… | March 13, 2012
Village Voice
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Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Honest, observant, and subtle.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Religion may permeate this film, but it does so because it permeates the characters' lives. "The Wise Kids" features some nice surprises and some solid acting and editing.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for The Wise Kids

Pretty good. I'm not religious and still enjoyed this movie. There was plenty of cringe looking at this little churches dealings from the outside.

Mad Martigan
Mad Martigan

Admirable attempt at exploring spirituality of young people is stilted by an interminably slow story, stilted directing and subpar acting, Could have been so much better.

Shaun Tatarka
Shaun Tatarka

Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life. Honest, observant, and subtle.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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