Sexuality and spirituality make for oddly natural bedfellows in . . . The Wise Kids. Equally generous to all of its characters in a way that seems borderline radical for an American indie, this is a becalmed work about roiling emotions. Perhaps we’ve seen other films that follow the tumultuous transitional years of teenagers, preparing to leave their provincial towns behind and shuttle off to college, but Cone is particularly observant, and his narrative is remarkable in its specificity.
March 15, 2012