The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys

Peter Care (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Peter Care, making his feature debut, reveals his rock video roots at every turn in this sketchy, 1970s-set rites-of-passage tale that mixes live action and comic book-style animation. Based on the novel by Chris Fuhrman, it follows four Catholic schoolboys (including Kieran Culkin and Emile Hirsch) as they rebel against their lives and the strict educational regime of nun Sister Assumpta (co-producer Jodie Foster). With its combined visual styles, the film tries hard to be edgy, but the overall story is too fragmented to support such jarring techniques, while the characters are underdeveloped.


A group of Catholic schoolboys escape their dull lives by writing comic strips featuring superhuman alter egos. When their strict teacher confiscates their work, they plan an elaborate prank to get revenge. Meanwhile, one of the group falls for a girl with a dark secret. Coming-of-age drama, featuring animated segments based on the characters' comic strip. Starring Emile Hirsch, Jodie Foster and Kieran Culkin.

Cast & Crew

Tim Sullivan Kieran Culkin
Margie Flynn Jena Malone
Francis Doyle Emile Hirsch
Father Casey Vincent D'Onofrio
Sister Assumpta Jodie Foster
Wade Jake Richardson
Joey Tyler Long
Director Peter Care
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentAvailable on: video and DVD