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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.

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