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No, this has nothing to do with the current Catholic priest brouhaha--but it is about church-school boys in a bind. Macaulay's younger brother, Kieran Culkin, plays the ringmaster of four troublesome teens who escape the boredom of classes by creating an Altar-nate reality of comic-book art and storytelling (mainly used to poke fun at uptight school matriarch Jodie Foster).
But when the sister nabs their racy stories, the guys plot for revenge. Making matters worse, posse member Emile Hirsch is falling for the troubled Jena Malone and splintering the group. Told with complimentary real-life and perfectly cheesy animation sequences (by Spawn's Todd McFarlane), this tough coming-of-age tale authentically portrays the awkwardness of adolescence--even if the ending is slightly unbelievable. And all of the kids take on the movie's weighty issues like pros. It's no secret: This is a worthy film.