This coming-of-age movie hones in on two
boys going to a Catholic high school.
They imagine themselves as super heroes
in a comic book they draw. This shows the boys' inner fantasies
but follows events in their real lives.
However, the comic book is not the center
point of the plot. They go through different levels of friendship,
first love, and loss, all leading to their maturity.
I really liked the idea of trying new things,
like mixing comic book cartoons with real live scenes. For me,
this really made the picture. It blended fantasy as an escape
from real life.
Although the title seems to be ripped from
today's headlines, it is in reality a coming-of-age comedy/drama
of four Catholic schoolboys dealing with teenage angst and raging
hormones the best way they know how--smoking, drinking and becoming
heroes in their collective comic book The Atomic Trinity.
This film is a brilliant combination of
parallel story telling told through animation and live action.
The movie is an overstuffed brief summary
of teen Catholic movie dogma.
The young adolescence are obsessed with
sex and rebellion while going to Catholic school.
I thought the story was pushed too far
over the line in the last half of the film, making a family secret
revealed too heavy-handed for the picture to support.
In the end, there are some things that
don't work, like the disastrous prank to spring a cougar from
the local zoo. This is very extreme and not plausible in any
form of rebellion, unless you're not playing with a full deck.