Big question: Will this tale of New York teens feel like its own story or a less shocking version of "Kids"?
rating (out of four)
- Movie review: 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints'
this week's movies
Skip it: If you prefer coming-of-age stories involving sentimental stuff about Little League games and finding true love. "Saints" may overwhelm you with attitude.
Bottom line: It's easy to see why "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" took home acting and directing prizes at Sundance. A couple scenes feel like stuff we've seen before, but this is a stunning portrait of the paths paved by the people in our lives--particularly those who depart too soon--and a heart-wrenching account of the convergence between our past and our present.
Bonus: Pondering a title for your own memoir/movie? How about something less sappy than "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"?
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints'
Directed by Dito Montiel; screenplay by Montiel; photographed by Eric Gautier; edited by Jake Pushinsky and Christopher Tellefsen; music by Jonathan Elias, Jimmy Haun and David Wittman; production design by Jody Asnes; produced by Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz, Trudie Styler and Travis Swords. A First Look Studios release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:38. MPAA rating: R (for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality and drug use).
Dito (adult) - Robert Downey Jr.
Dito (young) - Shia LaBeouf
Laurie - Rosario Dawson
Monty - Chazz Palminteri
Flori - Dianne Wiest
Antonio - Channing Tatum