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  • Summary: It's always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark's Middle School. Andy and Charlie, two altar servers, don't just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is over. Eventually their irreverent personalities will put them in situations that are too big for them to handle.
 When Bobby, a 16 year-old dropout and former altar boy, hides a padlocked trunk in Andy’s bedroom, he explicitly tells Andy not to open it. In spite of the warning, Andy and Charlie do whatever it takes to get inside. They crack it open to find just what they had hoped for--fireworks, cigarettes, even dirty magazines. The most alluring of all the contraband, however, is the piece they didn't expect: gleaming back at them is a small, silver, .38-caliber revolver enticing the boys to get in over their heads. (Freestyle Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 12, 2012
    A raggedy but refreshing yarn about the near-terminal condition known as male adolescence.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 18, 2012
    The easygoing charm of Funeral Kings and its impulse toward honesty over overstatement robs the film of true dramatic tension, and a number of story lines - involving drugs, rivalry, love interests - are left somewhat unresolved.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Nov 15, 2012
    But the McManuses' skill with character detail does hold promise for future efforts. The boys in the film are on the verge of maturity; while there appears to be very little grace in their interactions with their church, they are just beginning to find some within their own characters. Perhaps that's appropriate for two directors who seem on the threshold of an artistic maturity hinted at by this first effort.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 11, 2013
    No, Funeral Kings isn't quite dead on arrival -- but it's not too far from needing life support.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Mar 26, 2013
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  2. Mar 28, 2013
    14 year olds that curse during a course of a week's activities of unusual events. Other than that, I can't say much more about this movie. A lot like other "coming of age" movies, which I usually can enjoy. This one didn't seem to have much of a continuing storyline or an apex or clamatic ending. I liked the premise of the boys being altar boys but that part of the movie quickly is extinct and meandering. Good for a single view, if your not expecting much more than a few chuckles. Expand