#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Mary is a senior at American Eagle Christian High School in suburban Baltimore. She considers herself born again, despite the fact that her rebirth was at age three. Her best girlfriends are two classmates that comprise the Christian Jewels band with her. Hilary Faye is the alpha Christian, who outwardly is perfect, especially in her connection to God. And Veronica is ethnic Vietnamese who was adopted and thus saved by a black Christian couple. A third is Tia, who is generally an outsider in her geek status but who aspires to be in this Christian clique. Also within their social circle solely out of necessity is Hilary Faye’s older brother Roland, who has been in a wheelchair since age nine after falling out of a tree, and who, out of family obligation Hilary Faye transports everywhere including to/from school. Beyond that transportation, Roland and Hilary Faye generally have disdain for each other. One of Hilary Faye’s God driven missions for the year is to save Cassandra, a Jewish girl new to the school, she who was expelled from her last school and is only attending a faith based school as a marginally better option than the alternative. Mary’s world starts to fall apart just before the start of the school year when her boyfriend, Dean, admits to her that he thinks he is gay. Mary receives what she believes are messages from God, including one indirectly through Hilary Faye, leading to her thinking she can save Dean by having sex with him, God who will restore her spiritual virginity because of this act. The outcome is that Dean is sent away for conversion therapy and outed anyway, and Mary becomes pregnant, something she doesn’t tell Dean or any of those closest to her, including her mother, Lillian. Her pregnancy affects how she treats another new student, Patrick – the son of Pastor Skip, the school’s principal – the two who are attracted to each other. Beyond Mary trying to figure out what to do, Mary’s Christian faith is tested by events around her because of Dean and/or her pregnancy, as well as by many Christians justifying what may be considered sins in having a higher Godly purpose, which she is unaware includes a relationship between her mother and married Pastor Skip.
Plot: Teenage Mary Cummings, who has “been Born Again her whole life,” is about to enter her senior year at American Eagle Christian High School near Baltimore with her Fundamentalist Christian friends Hilary Faye and Veronica, the three of whom have formed a girl group called the Christian Jewels. Everything seems perfect—until Mary’s “perfect Christian boyfriend” Dean tells her, as they’re swimming underwater, that he thinks he’s gay.
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Terrific first half, then loses its edge
Despite losing its punch in the latter stages, “Saved!” remains an enjoyable and viciously funny satire. Poking fun of judgmental fundamentalists really isn’t that tough a task or groundbreaking. They tend to spoof themselves. But what writers Brian Dannelly (who also directed) and Michael Urban do is not ridicule the fundamentalists’ beliefs but their awful behavior. And that definitely deserves to be satirized.
The first 50 minutes are sensational, brimming with pointed dialogue, terrific humor and sharp observations about the preposterous idea of “degayification,” the real reason people are sent to deprogramming centers and these teens obviously missing the true meaning of Christ’s message.
But the film falters in the third act when it veers from clever satire to preaching about intolerance. It’s a noble idea, but the punchy writing gets forsaken for the message. And the film concludes with a tired denouement. Surely, there are more original ways to conclude a high school film than one seen many times before.
Some of the characters, I suppose, could be seen as stereotypes. Then again, speaking from personal experience, the Hillary Fayes of this world exist and they’re every bit as judgmental and nasty as she is. Unfortunately, Mandy Moore goes over-the-top a bit, often turning Hillary Faye into a broad caricature. That’s a shame. Reining Moore in would have done wonders, because the other performances are uniformly good.
Macaulay Culkin turns in a fine performance as Roland. He finally might have shed his “Home Alone” image, proving he’s capable of perfectly delivering sharp, well-written dialogue. The other revelation is young Eva Amurri, who has all the attitude, spunk (and I hope much of the talent) of her mother. She gives Cassandra a delightfully anarchic spirit; the film soars whenever she’s on screen.
One peeve: Why does the radiant and sexy Mary-Louise Parker dress down so much in this film?
People who are judgmental about gays, teen pregnancy, other religions, and see life’s myriad issues in purely black and white terms likely will be offended by this film – they might see themselves manifested as Hillary Faye. But if you appreciate life’s gray areas and take delight in biting satire, you’re bound to enjoy this film.
“Saved!” is by no means an attack on Christianity. Quite the contrary. It shows the importance of stressing in our lives the true side of Christianity – one that’s about compassion, love and tolerance, and not the biased, judgmental approach that seeks to take control and bastardize religion, whatever it may be.
Although “Saved!” deals primarily with Christianity, it proves we’d all be better off adopting Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals – that each and every one of us is a Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Jew.
Very funny and touching film about over-zealous Christanity
Having Grown up Christian and (accidentally) becoming saved for a few years in Jr. Hi School, I am still a Christian (Quaker), but one with my eyes and mind wide open.
I LOVED this Movie. Naturally I related to the Character of Mary as her situation forced her to re-evaluate what she had never been given a chance to question before. She and her mom will be fine. And Dean, when he dies (after a good, long life with his husband once he settles down), will go to heaven. Of this I am quite certain.
This movie? I fell off the couch, laughing at the subtleties in the dialogue. Patrick confronts his dad about his refusal to divorce his wife and Dad says “Well, she’s in her missionary position and…” Did any of you get that? If you didn’t, you need to see the movie again. And Hillary Faye? Mandy Moore is a genius,plain and simple; and her brother (Played by Macaulay Culkin) is also terrific as a paraplegic who’s lucky enough to find a defiant love who helps him escape his overbearing sis. The two of them are enough fun for the film all by themselves.
This is not REAL Christianity folks! God is Love, and — if God is a God of love and forgiveness and mercy as I believe, we all get second, third and fourth chances and there can’t be any place called hell. Exceptin, of course, for the hell you create for yourself. I see only three rules: Be nice. Talk honestly and listen earnestly. Love with all your heart. If everyone did that, there would be no room for hatred and anger and mis-understanding.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Brian Dannelly
Writer Brian Dannelly, Michael Urban
Actors Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit
Country USA, Canada
Awards 1 win & 6 nominations.
Production Company Infinity International Entertainment, James Forsyth Casting Inc.
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe (color), FotoKem Laboratory, Burbank (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm