Getting saved

Though it has all the marks of an independent film—a film-school screenplay and production difficulties—Saved! is blessed with an intelligent script and a first-rate ensemble of actors whose characters—though slightly overdrawn—engage Christian faith in believable ways. The film follows Mary Cummings (Jena Malone) through her senior year at American Eagle Christian School, where she is perched atop the social ladder alongside the zealously evangelistic Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore).

When Mary learns that her “good Christian boyfriend,” Dean, might be gay, she decides to save him from that fate—and in doing so finds herself scheduled to “join the Unwed Mother’s Club” shortly after graduation. Mary spends her senior year trying to hide her pregnancy, while Dean is sent away for antigay deprogramming.

 

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