Reviewed by: David Haviland

Saved! is a blunt satire about born-again Christianity, which lacks the courage to make any incisive criticisms.

It stars Jena Malone, as Mary, who becomes an outcast at her Christian high school after doubting her faith. As a result, she is forced to join the school's other pariahs: a Jewish girl and a wheelchaired Macaulay Culkin.

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According to the producer, the script went through "about 200 rewrites", which suggests that the film faced considerable opposition, which, perhaps, explains why the finished version is so toothless.

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2004
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High school comedy takes a side-swipe at Christian fundamentalism after a teenage girl becomes pregnant to her gay pal.
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Director: Brian Dannelly

Writer: Brian Dannelly, Michael Urban

Starring: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Eva Amurri, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit, Heather Matarazzo, Chad Faust, Elizabeth Thai, Martin Donovan, Mary-Louise Parker, Kett Turton

Year: 2004

Runtime: 92 minutes

BBFC: 12A - Adult Supervision

Country: US


EIFF 2004

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