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Outside Providence

06 Apr 2002

Not another film that starts with "Won't Get Fooled Again"! Yes, but this one won me over by degrees. It's about... stuff. A year in a prep school. Doing drugs. Falling in love. Where you came from, and where you're going. Growth, I suppose. And yet we manage to stay away from the usual gross-out scenes you're likely to find in a "coming of age" movie. This wasn't so easily pigeon holed. I'm still trying to figure out why.

Maybe because it didn't try to be showy, nor did it play to the base elements of the crowd.When you laugh, it's as likely to be with someone as at someone. I think that's good. Everything is tightly reined here, and by the end, I was really glad I had seen it.

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