Directed By: Brian Dannelly Starring: Jena Malone Mandy Moore

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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.


Studio MGM
SKU 40249831
UPC 027616902832
UPC 14 00027616902832
Format DVD
Release Date 2/8/2005
Rating Rating
Bible (The)
Black Comedy
Jesus Christ
Teenage Girls
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Brian Dannelly
Jena Malone
Mandy Moore
Cast & Crew
Bobby Bukowski - Cinematographer
Brian Dannelly - Screenplay
Brian Dannelly - Director
Chad Faust - Actor
Eva Amurri - Actor
Heather Matarazzo - Actor
Jena Malone - Actor
Macaulay Culkin - Actor
Mandy Moore - Actor
Mary-Louise Parker - Actor
Michael Stipe, et al. - Producer
Michael Urban - Screenplay
Pamela Martin - Editor
Patrick Fugit - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1006060
UPC 00027616902832
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Few things are easier to take cheap shots at than fanatical religion, because blind devotion represe
ReviewRating 2
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Saved! is a blazing send-off for first-time director Brian Dannelly--remember that name--whos
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Saved! is an important film as well as an entertaining one. At a time when the FCC is enforci
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Deleted Scenes
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post Bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity, even at its most outrageous.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Saved! is the audacious feel-good satire of 2004.
Susannah Gora, Premiere Boasts both wicked satire and a big heart, and as a result, is nothing short of brilliant.

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