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3.6
27 Ratings

The Wise Kids

Directed by Stephen Cone
United States, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

A vivid, dynamic Southern coming-of-age drama, 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.

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The Wise Kids Directed by Stephen Cone
One of its protagonists is a 14-year-old boy who is coming to the realization that he is gay; he is played by Tyler Ross, in a lovely, open performance; we vividly see a new identity being born over the course of the film, the changes manifesting on his face and body. Both in this and Henry Gamble, Cone depicts ensembles of Evangelical Christian characters with great sympathy and generosity — something rarely if ever seen in cinema.
April 08, 2016
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Strong at illustrating the pressures—external and, more crucially, internal—that exist within any fervently religious enclave, Cone’s drama is empathetic but obvious.
October 25, 2012
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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
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What are people saying?

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film The Wise Kids

    This is what Glee tries to be. An intelligent and non-judgmental look at adolescence maturing while being filtered through religious fundamentalism. It is simply the human condition to question our existence. There is such care and compassion, that when an inevitable "coming out" scene occurs, it could have been contrived but was quite moving. No cynicism, at all in this movie. So refreshing!

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