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April is My Religion
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by Scott Weinberg

"If you and your college pals somehow made a good movie, it'd look like this"
4 stars

It doesn't take a whole lot of money to make an interesting story. Sure a glossy sheen and big-name actors may make your job a bit easier, but it doesn't cost anything to pen something sincere and heartfelt. April is my Religion is certainly never going to win any technical awards, but it is an affable little indie that clearly comes from the heart.

I'd be willing to wager that writer/director Bill Boll had a VERY close knit group of college pals. The sort of gang that would spend endless weekends together sharing pot and ecstasy, content to simply 'expand their minds' while enjoying the humor and loyalty of one another's company.

See, that stuff comes across in the movie. To some this could be a chatter-happy talkfest delivered by clearly amateur performers. But I've been to college; I've known these people. And damn if Boll doesn't nail a lot of the 'college-friend psychology' with entertaining accuracy.

Our hero (of sorts) is Jack, a likeable (if somewhat socially inept) college freshman. Thanks to a problem with the family car, Jack must start sharing rides to college with Wade, a cocky former bully of whom Jack is initially intimidated. Next thing we know, this turn of events turns out to be a real social windfall for Jack. Wade turns out to be a truly decent guy after all, as are his many friends and roomates.

Jack slowly becomes 'one of the gang' and falls into all of those college-day pitfalls we all dealt with at one point or another: Jack falls for the free-spirited gal-pal of the group, warms up to casual drug abuse in quick order, promptly finds himself struggling in his studies, etc., etc.

In other words, your typical college angst schpiel. But this time it's presented with a grass-roots rawness, resulting in a film that feels like it was filmed last your school. The cast acquits itself extremely well for such a 'rough-edged' group, and Boll keeps the drama moving along quite nicely.

It may be nothing all that new under the sun, but a mini-budget indie flick that actually manages to command my attention for 90-some minutes is certainly worthy of note. Nice to see the Film Threat banner releasing a few tiny little (and worthwhile) flicks to home video.

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3/21/06 Linda Moore Great movie 5 stars
9/01/03 Lili Schliesser A great movie!! I loved the performance by Jason Contini!! He was hillarious. 5 stars
6/05/03 Brian Biel Loved it! 5 stars
6/04/03 Scott Anthony It touches you in private places. 5 stars
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