The logline on Netflix states:
“Eight-grade Catholic school boys plan a prank on a mean, one-legged nun after she punishes them for having drawn an obscene comic book.”
This film switches from real live action to comic book animation going from reality to the superhero world that the boys in the film create. This makes the film incredibly offbeat, creative and truthful. This film's theme is about friendship and bonding together to oppose against a common enemy. The story plays so well with the four altar boys because they are extremely relatable, acting like punk nosed eight graders who cuss and think about girls and superheroes all day long.
It is really rare that you can see a group of teenaged boys pulls off a great acting performance. Emile Hirsch easily carries the entire film and he does not let the likes of Jodie Foster intimidate him on screen. He holds his own against a two-time Oscar winner. Jodie Foster plays the film's antagonist who is a nun, which the altar boys hate. But, Kieran Culkin steals the film in every scene that he is in.
This film has ample conflict and a plot twist at the end, which keeps you engaged. Most importantly, this film will take you back to the stupid crap that you use to do as a kid, making it a perfect blend of comedy and drama. Discover how these four boys create their own world in order to rebel against their teachings of what the Catholic Church is trying to instill in them while learning that mixing reality and fantasy can stir a pot of trouble.
These four boys represent “progression” and new ideas in the world so it is very interesting to see how they combat their beliefs against theocratic authority. Very powerful film and is a must watch for people between the ages of 13 and 17. This film is the 2000’s version of Stand by Me but better because it has a way better ending.
Well, in my opinion.