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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%

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Outside Providence
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by Filmnet

"Funny and familiar, but a little too sappy."
3 stars

Although jam packed with Bongs, bad 70's Flares and Vomit, "Outside Providence" is a departure from the Farrelly Brother's other block buster comedies, "There's something about Mary", "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber".

This time Michael Corrente "Federal Hill" and "American Buffalo" helms the director's chair. Based on the novel by Peter Farrelly, "Outside Providence" is set in the Pawtucket, Rhodes Island. Because it was about his hometown, Corrente brought the novel for $1, thinking how bad could it be. Apparently he couldn't stop laughing. Although the "losers" are less "dumb" in "Outside Providence", the dialogue is distinctly Farrelly Brothers.

The press kit would have us believe that the marriage between the Farrelly Brothers and Miramax is made in heaven. The Hollywood rumour mill reveals a different story. Earlier this year, full page ads for "Outside Providence" were in various magazines and similar ones are running in oz papers. The film looks like it is the next big thing from the Farrelly Brothers the ads imply that it is contemporary and a bright comedy - just like "Mary". The Farrellys aren't too happy about the misleading campaign and the tiff has been making Hollywood headlines.

In this coming of age dramedy set in the 1970's, the main character Tim Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy) lacks a future - providence. Whether it's the excessive bong smoking, or the working class background outside Providence, Dunph seems fated to spend the rest of his life smoking grass with his childhood friends; Drugs, Mousy, Tommy the Wire and Decenz and looking out for his paraplegic brother Jackie. Jackie was in a freak footballing accident while on the roof of his house. One day Tim has a freak pot induced accident. Tim's father, Old Man Dunphy (Alec Baldwin), gets a friend to pull some strings and Tim is headed for Prep School instead of Prison. Even at Prep School Tim finds a ten gallon bucket bong. But he also expands his horizons.

The art of the cinematic montage sequence was perfected by Orson Welles in "Citizen Kane". Other than representing the death of love in a montage sequence, Welles knew that the blossoming of love should never be represented by a montage. Corrente utilises a montage sequence to show Tim falling in love with preppy Jane (Amy Smart). The words schmaltzy and trite come to mind. The blossoming of love is best represented by either a poetic scene with dialogue or a sex scene, anything other than music over frolicking teenagers.

Other than a hokey montage sequence, "Outside Providence" is enjoyable. The Farrellys and Corrente obviously love their characters, every one of them. The filmmakers revel in their character's shortcomings; they make these faults the plot points of drama, comedy and revelation. The filmmakers' mutual respect fest that bares out in every performance. It's certainly Alec Baldwin's finest performance.

The Highlight: Old Man Dunphy gives his son some wonderful advice on the art of lovemaking - using a soon-to-be-classic Chinese food metaphor. It's advice that is sure to be used by every father who sees this film. (Atlanta Treloar--filmnet.org.au)

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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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