A misleading title, if only in the sense that it is not connected with the current events [insert headline here] today.Instead, altar boy or not, this Seventies coming-of-age tale is more interested in the delinquency and trouble-making of the every day stripling. This particular group, highly prized on fantasy and comic books, run the gamut of experiences (smoking, drinking, sex) in the conventional sense without offering any commentary on its characters or time period. Altar Boys remains as bleak as it begins. The only token of unconventionality is the interspliced segments of animation, featuring the group of teens’ alter-egos (sloppily and lazily drawn super-heroes), often pitted against an evil nun, inspired by one of their teachers, a peg-legged Jodi Foster. That serves as little consequence, inasmuch as the same unimaginative and unpolished cartoonery (by Todd McFarlane) can be found in most all Saturday Morning cartoons.
With Emile Hirsch, Kiernan Culkin, Jena Malone and Vincent D’Onofrio.[See it if you must.]