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Overall Rating
3.05

Awesome: 6.76%
Worth A Look37.84%
Average: 27.03%
Pretty Bad: 10.81%
Total Crap: 17.57%

8 reviews, 26 user ratings


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Outside Providence
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by Scott Weinberg

"A ridiculous 'by-the-numbers' concoction of scenes from better movies."
1 stars

We can hardly blame the Farrelly brothers for trying to strike while the iron is hot. Here, they provide they semi-autobiograhpical screenplay about a pothead who gets sent to a prep school. He then meets up with every lazy cliche possible. This is an unpleasant, unrealistic and mean-spirited movie, and it's not funny at all.

His Dad refers to him only as Dildo, but Timothy is really a sensitive young pothead. After lighting up with his friends in a few familiar scenes, he smashes into a parked cop car. His Dad (Alec Baldwin) ships him off to a prep school. That's it. The rest of the movie is a series of barely-related and rather familiar coming-of-age scenes. That this movie was written by the guys who did There's Something About Mary and Kingpin is simply bizarre, as the comedy isn't effective and the dramatic scenes are just tortourus. The fault also lies in the truly slipshod direction of Michael Corrente. His movie veers wildly from pot-humor to forced melodrama to romance, with some silly teen-sex comedy scenes thrown in. There are also a few 'dramatic' surprises that come up from left field, which damage the already slim credibility of the story. It's way too much baggage for such a lightweight presentation.

While all of Tim's friends from home are aimless potheads, his friends at his new prep school are all aimless potheads with homework. Wow. There's really nothing interesting offered here, as Tim is quickly accepted at school, makes friends with a varied group of guys, and even hooks up with the cutest girl on campus. (Which was lucky for him, because she's the [/]only[i/] female under 50 in the whole movie!) What follows is an uninteresting collection of tired old cliches.

1. The mean and vindictive headmaster who joyously tortures our heroes.

2. The boy from the sticks tries fitting in with the rich kids.

3. Father/son angst over long-dead mother.

4. Crippled little brother. (Oddly, Tim mentions early on how he wants his wheelchair-bound brother to be treated like a 'normal kid'. WHY then is the character of the little brother subjected to such juvenille and nasty wheelchair gags?)

5. Hometown friend suddenly DIES (?!) This is about where I gave up.

6. Standing up to authority and being noble. Please.

Basically, the main fault with this movie is that it's all subplot and no plot. Stories involving Tim's Dad, home friends, school friends, girlfriend, little brother, etc. all amount to nothing. Outside Providence feels like a bunch of short movies with the same characters rather than a complete story in itself.

One small mention on Alec Baldwin's performance: He's gotten a lot of undue praise for his work here. Just because someone plays the only colorful character in a DULL movie, that doesn't make him Pacino. I found his stereotyped portrayal of Tim's Pop was so horribly BAD that it was amusing. (He apparently studied at the "Deese...Doze" school of accents.)

Outside Providence strives to cover so much ground, that ultimately it ends up just standing still. The schizophrenic and nasty screenplay is mainly to blame. At least it has consistency: It fails at drama and comedy equally.

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User Comments

6/15/09 R Lan Only saving grace of this movie is Alec Baldwin's "Making sex is like Chinese Dinner" line. 2 stars
11/28/08 Shaun Wallner Well made. 4 stars
9/23/07 whatever This movie is f-ing great. Yall suck if you dont like it 5 stars
6/10/07 blaze up It's got major funny parts, and unless you grew up then, your stupid butt won't get it 4 stars
6/01/07 fools♫gold The "Won'tGetFooledAgain" song wastooshort. (sarcasm, kind of) Above a 7/10. 3/5 alsoworks. 4 stars
11/20/06 Jeff Anderson Relentlessly dull & mean "comedy" with no laughs & no point. Baldwin tries, though. D.O.A.! 1 stars
5/20/06 rock I recently watched this movie again because I loved it so much thefirst time. 4 stars
11/01/03 Jenny Tullwartz Among Farrellys' weakest. Forgettable. Thanks but no thanks Emily, not in my royal ass. 2 stars
7/17/03 Emily I love that movie and any of you shit holes who don't can stick it up ur royal ass! 5 stars
2/22/02 jpg When you see through all of the pot smoke, you realize this is actually a very good film 5 stars
1/28/02 Andrew Carden Other Then Baldwin's Bizarre Performance, This Movie Has No Life. 2 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa It promotes drugs, but it has some good lines and Baldwin and the Dog are great. 3 stars
3/17/01 Boru Alec Baldwin IS a dildo! 2 stars
9/08/00 Elvisfan Aside from Shawn Hatosy's great performance...this blew cheese 3 stars
5/17/00 Shane Bad acting - Bad Script - Bad Movie 2 stars
5/13/00 Monday Morning More filler than Spam. Baldwin good, tho'. 2 stars
3/18/00 arnold extremely funny 4 stars
11/28/99 Joel Harwood Varsity Blues meets Dead Man On Camus 5 stars
10/08/99 Kimberly Murphy-Smith Formulaic movie, outstanding performances 4 stars
9/25/99 Matthew Briggs pacing is off, but the story has heart 4 stars
9/13/99 Mr Showbiz A dead-end teen stoner flick. The 70's nostalgia kick might have finally run out with this. 2 stars
9/10/99 Alyssa Not a movie to say "I gotta get this when it comes out on DVD!", but a nice little movie. 4 stars
9/07/99 Malbert Not wonderful, but definitely good, a lot of funny parts 4 stars
9/07/99 Wyatt Earp I hate the "Spin" on it but I loved it 5 stars
9/05/99 danimal baldwins best performance ever. overall not a "must see", but good. 4 stars
9/04/99 agustin advertising a teen growing up movie as something about mary shame on you, baldwin sucks 2 stars
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USA
  01-Sep-1999 (R)
  DVD: 05-Apr-2005

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Australia
  28-Oct-1999 (MA)




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