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  • Summary: A thoughtful and evocative coming-of-age drama, THE WISE KIDS takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters - Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea's best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free. (Cone Arts) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 15, 2012
    90
    In its unassuming way, this tiny, low-budget film is a universal reflection on issues of personal identity and choice for which there are no easy answers.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 13, 2012
    75
    Honest, observant, and subtle.
  3. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Mar 15, 2012
    75
    Hovering over the narrative is the fear of the domino effect that change can enact, the dread that one person's "queerness" may perhaps expose everyone else's.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Mar 13, 2012
    70
    An unusual example of what can be termed a "gay Christian" film, Cone's feature is among the best of a recent spate of dramas observing American Christian life.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Mar 13, 2012
    60
    The Wise Kids suffers from a theater workshop-y tendency to rest too long on pauses and silences to convey dramatic heft. But the blunder is ultimately overshadowed by Cone's excellent young actors, particularly Torem, burrowing deeply into her character's zealotry and anguish about being left behind.
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