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The Wise Kids
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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Chicago indie Stephen Cone took a quantum leap forward with this moving 2011 drama about a Christian youth group in small-town South Carolina."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Wonderfully intelligent coming-of-age story, filled with resonant questions of faith and done with a rare subtlety which honors the audience."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
""The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Honest, observant, and subtle."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Hovering over the narrative is the fear of the domino effect that change can enact, the dread that one person's "queerness" may perhaps expose everyone else's."
‑ Diego Costa, Slant Magazine
"[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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"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."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A smart, generous and believable coming-of-age feature; even the comedy is the comedy of recognition, rather than belittlement."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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