From the hit-making Farrelly Brothers -- the guys who brought you THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY -- OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE stars Alec Baldwin (THE EDGE, MERCURY RISING) in an outrageously funny story about a kid who's grown up w... more »ith nothing but a broken home, a three-legged dog, and a full-blown attraction to trouble! Everything changes for Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy -- ANYWHERE BUT HERE, THE FACULTY), however, when he crashes into a parked police car ... prompting his loudmouthed old man (Baldwin) to ship him from their blue-collar town to a snobbish prep school! But even though he's out of place, outclassed, and seriously outnumbered, nothing could have prepared Tim's new classmates for him! Also featuring Amy Smart (VARSITY BLUES), George Wendt (TV's CHEERS), and a great soundtrack of '70s hits, this acclaimed hit brings you more of the sidesplitting laughs you expect from a Farrelly Brothers comedy!« less
"Summary: Pothead Dunph gets into a little trouble and is spared jail time when his father pulls some strings to get him sent to a prep school instead of jail. He ends up leaving more than just his old friends behind when he goes.My Opinion: I was very surprised with this movie. It is pushed very strongly as a comedy. Probably because the Farrelly Brothers are famous for those. Although it has funny parts, I don't consider it a comedy. It is more of a coming of age film. It takes place in the 1970s and has a killer soundtrack. If I had not been so pleasantly surprised I would have given this movie 4 stars but it's nice to be surprised.DVD Quality: Widescreen anamorphic format. How can they make anything but?What You Should Do: See it. If you don't buy every DVD under the sun like some of us then rent it. There is quite a lot of drug use in the film but it does have a point. It may be too subtle of a point for some to grasp though. If you liked "Detroit Rock City", "Almost Famous", or "Varsity Blues" then you should bump this one up on your list of movies to see."
A Delightful Suprise
Stephen Pospisil | 03/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"From the minds behind "Dumb and Dumber" and "Theres Something About Mary" comes another raunchy landmark comedy, but one with heart.Seemingly repetitive, a teenage boy is sent to a prep school after a car accident involving a parked police car, several friends, and unspecified amounts of narcotics. Throughout his journey he encounters friends, foes, and of course, love.The same coming of age tale every weekly movie aims for, however superior to most thanks to several key factors. Alec Baldwin, who was perhaps cast merely to attach a well known name to the movie, pulls off a surprisingly tricky role as a rock solid father who is confused and disappointed with his life. One of the movies most effective scenes is a short one, involving this star-stunned actor teaching his son how to knot a tie.The script is not only amusing, but it also provides a lot of emotional depth to the story through simple and idealistic lines. Written with cunning craft and executed superbly by the cast, it provides a solid backbone for the movie and proves to be effective in conveying the situations.What truly brings this movie together, though, is the charming charisma of newcomer Shawn Hatosy. Capturing the naive facial gestures, the sorrow- filled-eyes maneuvers, and that age old enlightmened maturity posture seems to be a natural gift to this young actor. Along with those three factors, it is wise to note the crude and yet witty comedy often present in the Farrely Brothers works: obsessing with homosexuality, mocking social status, and the maniacal humiliation that comes with life. For some this genre of entertainment is not appealing, however I found their classic formula highly engrossing.It is hard to say what the downside of this movie is, except that the ending left me somewhat unsatisfied. Perhaps thats merely because I was enjoying the film so much I simply did not want to end. Of course, given the flow of the movie, the ending was a natural and propable choice. An all around impressive film from those fiendishly humorous brothers, "Outside Providence" is a landmark of their work."
Underneath the movie's pot jokes lies a sweet thoughtfulness
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 06/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1974, pot-smoking teenager Tim Dunphy (Dunph, to his friends) is sent to a superior prep school after getting in trouble with the law for a reefer-induced mishap. There, he tangles with strict administrators, suffers the classrooms of exacting instructors, and hangs out with fellow pothead students. He also encounters Jane Weston, hands down the coolest chick in school and from an upper class family. Jane is beautiful but studious; she's trying to get accepted to Brown University. Dunph is just trying to get by without accruing any more punishment for violation of school policies. Regarding Jane, his friend advises Dunph: "Forget it." Yet, somehow, Dunph and Jane get together. It's not a match made in heaven, but hey, Dunph will take it...
Supposedly based on Peter Farrelly's school experiences at Kent, Outside Providence is a very good coming-of-age movie. It was touted as a comedy but, really, while it has its share of laugh-out-loud funnies, its dramatic undercurrent is the engine that drives it home beautifully. It reminds me of those 1980s John Hughes dramedies (Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful). Yes, this movie is liberally dosed with pot jokes, but a sense of realness and pathos felt throughout provides a nice counterbalance. From a raucous Farrelly Brothers-type comedy to an ultimately thoughtful film. Very nice.
The only other time I've seen Shawn Hatosy was in the cool horror The Faculty; to be honest, in that film, he didn't make much of an impression on me. But, here, he takes center stage and does a real good job in portraying easy-going, pot-smoking Dunph, who initially is aimless and just drifting along but then undergoes life lessons and steps up to responsibility. Amy Smart's Jane is a major impetus in Dunph's maturation process. Amy plays her character as a young woman who's smart and hardworking - but not afraid to let her hair down - and, most importantly, she is genuine; those qualities, more often than not, are enough to positively influence a guy. The supporting cast, from Pawtucket, Rhode Island to Cornwall, Connecticut, does a credible job evoking the '70s, ably backed by the great soundtrack. Alec Baldwin is remarkably good in playing Dunph's gruff, hard-bitten father, with surprising hidden depths. On the other hand, Timothy Crowe as Mr. Funderberk seems to be channeling Jeffrey Jones's Principal Ed Rooney (Ferris Bueller's Day Off).
I knew this movie was gonna make me smile and laugh; I was surprised when it made me feel. Outside Providence is very recommended. "
The Farrelly Brother's Best Movie!
K. Wilson | Chicago, USA | 04/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although very humorous, "Outside Providence" is a departure from other Farrely brothers movies like "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary." This is a more intelligent, less vulgar offering which still delivers the laughs.
Set in the 70's, the film is a moving coming of age tale about a middle class pothead shipped off to a prep school after a run-in with the law.
Predicable hijinks ensue as "Dumph" (played by Sean Hatosy) faces a difficult adjustment to his new world. The strength of the film is in the relationship between "Dumph" and his father (played by Alec Baldwin). Baldwin is totally convincing as "Old Man Dumphy", a gruff but caring father heartbroken by the loss of his wife.
If you grew up in the 70's, you'll probably enjoy this nostaglic look at teenage life set to a fantastic soundtrack of 70's hits.
Cliched but likeable coming-of-age tale
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 09/04/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Farrelly brothers (the makers of such laugh-a-minute gross out fests as "There's Something About Mary," "Kingpin" and "Dumb and Dumber," among others) take a decided stylistic turn with "Outside Providence," a low-keyed, laid back coming-of-age tale set in Rhode Island during the mid 1970's. Shawn Hatosy stars as Timothy Dunphy, a likable, not-very-bright high school student who, like many of his generation, would much rather party than study and would rather smoke-out than think seriously about his future plans for college or career or even life in general. When he crashes his vehicle, packed with other drinking and pot-smoking teenagers, right smack into the rear of a parked police car, Tim is sent by his working class father to finish his last school year at a nearby prep academy. Alec Baldwin, adopting a dese-dem-dose accent for the occasion, plays Tim's father, a well-intentioned widower whose brusque demeanor hides a filial love that Tim is only vaguely aware exists."Outside Providence" certainly does not bring a whole lot of fresh insights to this well-worn territory. We have the obligatory scenes of non-stop pot smoking (this being a depiction of 1970's adolescence after all), the inevitable first love between the hero and the sweetest, most understanding and, of course, most beautiful girl from the local distaff school, and the predictable confrontations that develop between the freethinking teen and the anachronistic stuffed shirts of the school's administration. There is also, of course, the mandatory death of one of the members of the original gang to act as a device to sober the boy's up to an awakened awareness of the seriousness and responsibilities of adulthood.Yet, for all of its adherence to the formula of this particular genre, "Outside Providence" wins the audience over, partly through the breezy likeability of the actors and performers, partly through the unforced realism of the screenplay, and partly through the film's dead-on accurate recreation of a decade that is fast becoming the era of choice for modern day nostalgia. Like so many films that tie themselves strongly to a time long past, "Outside Providence" relies (and perhaps even over relies) on a soundtrack filled with memory-inducing tunes of the period. This is the easiest trick in the book for filmmakers to stir an audience's fond recollections - but, damned if it doesn't work every time. In addition, the film is set within the beautiful environs of autumnal New England, a factor that contributes to the overall laid-back charm of the film."Outside Providence" provides a relaxing, unfrenetic trip down memory lane for those of us who happen to have come of age in the era the Farrellys are presenting. The film ultimately doesn't amount to much, but one could find worse ways to spend 90 minutes - and a worse group of people with which to spend it."