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Timothy Dunphy is a young man from Pawtucket,
Rhode Island and has an attraction to trouble. After getting in
a big mess, his father sends him to a prep school where he is
out of place and outclassed. His fellow students are not prepared
for anyone like him.
Comedy - Outside Providence is a teen coming-of-age movie set in the early
1970s. Teen viewers may enjoy the broad humor, though the film is R-rated
and much of the humor is drug-based. Some older viewers could enjoy the
comedy, as well as the father-son relationship and other themes of an
irresponsible teenager learning to be more mature. The excessive profanity
and drug use, however, may be too much for some adult viewers.
PROFANITY: Strong and very frequent SEX/NUDITY: No nudity, some sexual content VIOLENCE: Slapping, threatening of characters DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent teen drug and alcohol use ACTION: None COMEDY: Lots of broad physical comedy
OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE has a certain gritty appeal as an off-beat
family dramedy. It's just a film that's always casting around for its
center, offering sporadic entertainment that doesn't stick to you. It's
not quite funny enough for a comedy, not quite insightful enough for a
story of adolescent awakening, and not quite emotional enough for a story
of family ties.
In the blue-collar town of Pawtucket, Rhode
Island, Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy) has a broken home, a three-legged
dog and a full-blown attraction to trouble. His friends have no
future, but he's about to get one whether he likes it or not.
After crashing into a parked police car, his father (Alec Baldwin)
packs him off to prep school - where he's out of place, outclassed
and seriously outnumbered.
His fellow students and school sweetheart
(Amy Smart) may have gone to prep school all their lives, but
nothing could prepare them for him.