Saved

Saved.jpg I loved this film! I’ve spent ages trying to write a synopsis but have given up and give you instead Yahoo’s take on the film:
“Good girl” Mary (Jena Malone) and her popular, influential best friend, Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore), are starting their senior year at the top of the social structure at American Christian High School. But when Mary finds out she’s pregnant, Hilary Faye and her devoted “disciples” turn against Mary and the school labels her an outcast. It’s as an outsider, however, that Mary finds true friends – other students the school doesn’t quite know what to do with. In this sweetly subversive comedy, a group of strangers band together to navigate the treacherous halls of high school and make it to graduation, ultimately learning more about themselves and finding out what it truly means to be Saved!”
Here’s my thoughts on it: The film has “ouch” in abundance holding a mirror up to christian culture, it has lots of laughs, it has joy and hope, it explores redemption rather than the narrow idea of “Saved” that is the pre-occupation of Hilary Faye, the baddy (goody) of the film. It might wind you up, it might make you smile, it might odly inspire you, it might do all of these.
Check out the trailer here!
For anyone who has had to unlearn some of the stuff that christian culture has taught them, for those whom following Christ is a messy wonderful adventure where there are more greys than black ‘n whites, watch this movie!

3 Replies to “Saved”

  1. i didn’t really like the movie. i didn’t really think it was that funny and i was hoping that it would be. i mean we CHRISTians can really be much stupider than that. i agree on the “ouch” moments but i was really hoping to just completely lose myself in laughter over some of the dumb things we followers of CHRIST sometimes do in the name of “the gospel”. the only moment that really made me shot coca-cola out my nose was when macaulay culkin was dancing for money in his wheel chair.

  2. I loved this film. I think that it is one of the best movies out there depicting the false reality Christian high schools present. Fortunately, I did not go to a Christian high school, but I definitely grew up in the church experiencing so much of that movie and the world’s perception of it.
    I now work in ministry and do my best to keep my students away from the “fakeness” a lot of the church portrays for some real heart to heart ministry.

  3. I liked it. No awards for this one but it was a good light hearted insight into american evangelicalism. How far has the British Church gone this way? Hopefully we’re aware of it and are trying to either not go there or are trying to move away from it.

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