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Saved (2004)

Director: Brian Dannelly     Starring: Jena Malone Mandy Moore
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40249831
UPC: 027616902832
UPC 14: 00027616902832
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"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 Note
Brian 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.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Deleted Scenes

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/8/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1006060
Video UPC UPC: 00027616902832
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Chad Faust
Video Cast Info Eva Amurri
Video Cast Info Heather Matarazzo
Video Cast Info Jena Malone
Video Cast Info Macaulay Culkin
Video Cast Info Mandy Moore
Video Cast Info Mary-Louise Parker
Video Cast Info Patrick Fugit
Video Cast Info Bobby Bukowski - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Brian Dannelly - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Brian Dannelly - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Stipe, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Urban - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Pamela Martin - Editor

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Mandy Moore has fun...and Macauley Culkin, Patrick Fugit and Eva Amurri bring considerable charm to their portrayals of a band of outsiders." 05/01/2004 p.100-2

Rolling Stone
"SAVED! is a blazing send-off for first-timed director Brian Dannelly...whose laugh-laced screenplay is filled with complex characters that you can't laugh off." 06/10/2004 p.98

Entertainment Weekly
"[The film] skewers hypocrisy and absolutism..." 06/04/2004 p.58

New York Times
"It pokes satirical fun at the religious sentiment currently sweeping though the popular culture while at the same time partaking of some of the energy and idealism that the Christian youth movement has brought to the entertainment industry." 05/28/2004 p.E13

USA Today
"[N]ot only is SAVED! subversively funny, it is unexpectedly sweet." 05/28/2004 p.8E

Los Angeles Times
"Dannelly has a nice sense of detail and keeps his characters cleverly in play against one another. The young actors in particular do a bang-up job..." 05/28/2004 p.E1

Uncut
"There's some wicked satire in this debut..." 11/01/2004 p.147

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 2 of 10
Few things are easier to take cheap shots at than fanatical religion, because blind devotion represe

Rolling Stone 9 of 10
Saved! is a blazing send-off for first-time director Brian Dannelly--remember that name--whos - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Saved! is an important film as well as an entertaining one. At a time when the FCC is enforci - Roger Ebert