The Wise Kids
The Wise Kids (2012)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Robert Koehler

Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life.

David Noh
Film Journal International

Wonderfully intelligent coming-of-age story, filled with resonant questions of faith and done with a rare subtlety which honors the audience.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"The Wise Kids" is a guileless exploration of the growing pains of sheltered innocents whose reticence and sincerity evoke 1950s small-town values.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Honest, observant, and subtle.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

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.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

[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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A smart, generous and believable coming-of-age feature; even the comedy is the comedy of recognition, rather than belittlement.

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