Outside Providence

Outside Providence

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Director: Michael Corrente

Cast: Michael Corrente, Shawn Hatosy, Jon Abrahams, Tommy Bone

     
 

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Based on a novel by Peter Farrelly, published in 1988 before he became famous as a writer and director of such films as Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary, Outside Providence is a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s. Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy), known as Dunph to his friends and Dildo to others, is a high school

Overview

Based on a novel by Peter Farrelly, published in 1988 before he became famous as a writer and director of such films as Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something About Mary, Outside Providence is a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s. Timothy Dunphy (Shawn Hatosy), known as Dunph to his friends and Dildo to others, is a high school burn-out with a gift for getting into trouble; it doesn't help that his best friend is named Drugs Delaney (Jon Abrahams), and it somehow makes sense that Dunph's pet would be a three-legged dog with one eye. Dunph's father (Alec Baldwin) is convinced his son is on the fast track to Palookaville, so when Timothy gets in a wreck with a police car, his dad pulls a few strings and enrolls him in a private prep school. Dunph quickly learns the biggest difference between his old friends at home and his new classmates: rich kids have money, and money buys privilege. They can buy drugs from expensive dealers who won't fink on them, and pay for abortions when their girlfriends get unexpectedly pregnant, instead of having to get married. Dunph doesn't entirely fit into a school full of rich kids, but when he falls in love with Jane Weston (Amy Smart), he's determined to win her heart. Peter Farrelly adapted his novel with the help of his brother and screenwriting partner Bobby Farrelly and director Michael Corrente, whose previous credits include the film version of David Mamet's American Buffalo.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Based on the novel by Peter Farrelly, Outside Providence combines the patented Farrelly brand of edgy humor with a gentle and surprisingly effective coming-of-age tale. Those expecting a Dumb and Dumber idiot-fest or a vulgar opus like There's Something About Mary may be disappointed with this effort. Director Michael Corrente and the Farrelly brothers have crafted a more saccharine and poignant story that does not rely on their trademark bathroom humor. The strength of Outside Providence comes from the assortment of vivid characters that are always treated with sympathy and humor. Alec Baldwin plays against type and gives one of the most memorable performances of his career. Baldwin skillfully shows that beneath the crude facade of his character lies a damaged man that loves his children with all his heart. The low-budget effort does tend to drag, however, and often seems like a pointless series of marijuana-smoking episodes. The narrative also loses considerable steam when the death of a minor character is made into a major melodramatic moment, but the delicate writing and wonderful acting still keep the story moving. Outside Providence is a far cry from the typical assortment of sticky Farrelly gags; it's a bittersweet and realistic tale adapted from brother Peter's gritty 1988 comic novel.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
UPC:
0717951004673
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

French language track; 5.1 Surround; Widescreen [1.85:1] - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shawn Hatosy Timothy Dunphy
Jon Abrahams Drugs Delaney
Tommy Bone Jackie Dunphy
Jonathan Brandis Mousy
Jack Ferver Irving Waltham
Alec Baldwin Old Man Dunphy
Adam LaVorgna Tommy The Wire
Jesse Leach Decenz
Gabriel Mann Jack Wheeler
Kristen Shorten Bunny Cote
Amy Smart Jane Weston
Alex Toma Billy Fu
Timothy Crowe Mr. Funderberk
George Wendt Joey
Christopher Jewett Brackett

Technical Credits
Michael Corrente Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Score Composer
Alan Castelli Asst. Director
Richard Crudo Cinematographer
Chad Detweiller Production Designer
Annie Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Bobby Farrelly Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Farrelly Producer,Screenwriter
Randy Finch Producer
Billy Heinzerling Executive Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Libby Langdon Associate Producer
Sheldon Mirowitz Score Composer
Marisa Povino Co-producer
Kate Sanford Editor
Peter Schneider Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Walden Art Director
Georgianne Walken Casting
Karen Weber Set Decoration/Design
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [:21]
2. Life in Pawtucket [1:16]
3. An Opportunity [2:04]
4. Learning the Rules [:16]
5. Greetings Dunph [:05]
6. Hitching to Love [:51]
7. A New Friend [:56]
8. Playing Games [:25]
9. Confessions [:51]
10. A Final Blowout [1:25]
11. The Fairy Tale [:50]
12. Bad News [1:58]
13. Heartfelt Actions [:54]
14. Graduation Day [2:24]
15. End Credits [:38]

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Outside Providence 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alec Baldwin at his finest!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing, acting and direction. Really enjoyed this movie and Alec Baldwin added the perfect touch!