Outside Providence (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

USA, 1999.  , .  Screenplay by , Michael Corrente, , based on the novel by Peter Farrelly.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

‘s touching performance is the heart of this sharp and moving film about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks.  plays a high-schooler from Pawtucket, Rhode Island whose lifestyle of hanging around, smoking up and joyriding is cut short by a car accident, prompting his exasperated father (Baldwin) to send him to prep school. There he encounters the elitism of the institution’s high class students, makes friends with his fellow misfits and falls in love with the golden girl () who eventually falls in love back. It feels like this kind of movie has been done a million times, but Michael Corrente’s sensitive direction and a script by Corrente and the Farrelly brothers (of There’s Something About Mary fame) easily avoid most cliches and go straight for the heart.

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