Heaven Help Us.
|Good girl mary and her best friend hilary faye are at the top of the food chain in high school. But after mary becomes pregnant, hilary and her devoted 'disciples' turn on mary and label her an outcast. Now mary's only hope for salvation is a group of religious misfits.|
"Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Boasts both wicked satire and a big heart, and as a result, is nothing short of brilliant. Susannah Gora, Premiere
Editor's NoteBrian Dannelly's debut feature SAVED! deftly blends indie-film edginess with a mainstream allure. Set in a Christian high school, the teen comedy follows a group of students who are all at different places in their lives. When Mary (Jena Malone) sacrifices her virginity in an attempt to heterosexualize her gay boyfriend, she is stunned to discover that she's become pregnant. With the help of wheelchair-bound Roland (Macaulay Culkin) and the school's only Jewish student, Cassandra (Eva Amurri), Mary must try to hide her pregnancy. But when her rival, the ultra-uptight Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore), finds out, all hell breaks loose. The film culminates on prom night, when a series of revelations put things in their proper perspective.Dannelly and co-writer Michael Urban have produced a script that is a breezy, hilarious ride through the tricky waters of adolescence, and their all-star cast jumps into their roles with glee (most notably Moore and the scene-stealing Amurri). Rather than merely making jabs at the Christian right movement, however, the film preaches a universal message of tolerance and acceptance, giving audiences something deeper to chew on. The result is a surprisingly poignant film that positions Dannelly as a director to watch in the years to come.
Cast & Crew
|Bobby Bukowski - Cinematographer|
|Brian Dannelly - Screenplay|
|Brian Dannelly - Director|
|Michael Stipe, et al. - Producer|
|Michael Urban - Screenplay|
|Pamela Martin - Editor|