Classic teen comedy mixes with cunning satire in Saved!
. Fervent Christian Mary (Jena Malone, Donnie Darko
) believes God wants her to save her gay boyfriend by sleeping with him. But he gets sent to an anti-gay indoctrination camp while she ends up pregnant--which starts to drive a wedge between Mary and her snotty best friend Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore, How to Deal
). Meanwhile, they're both interested in the son (Patrick Fugit, Almost Famous
) of their Christian school principal (Martin Donovan, Trust
respects faith but gleefully mocks the excesses and absurdities of contemporary organized religion, particularly its suburban, let's-speak-the-language-of-the-kids manifestations. The actors, including Macaulay Culkin (yes, from Home Alone
) and Mary Louise Parker (Fried Green Tomatoes
), play their parts with sincerity, which makes the fusion of humor and heart succeed. A delightful movie. --Bret Fetzer