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Saved! (2004)



Critic Consensus: A satirical teen comedy that, unfortunately, pulls its punches.

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"Good girl" Mary and her domineering best friend, Hilary Faye, are starting their senior year at the top of the social food chain at American Eagle Christian High School--that is until Mary's boyfriend tells her that he thinks he may be gay. When Jesus appears to her in a vision, she heeds his message to "do everything she can to help her boyfriend" and, to her horror, she ends up pregnant. Suddenly, Mary begins to question everything she's believed in, and Hilary Faye and her devoted "disciples" soon turn against her. As an outcast, Mary finds herself alone until she's befriended by the school's other pariahs: Hilary Faye's cynical wheelchair-bound brother, Roland; the principal's skater heart-throb son, Patrick; and the high school's lone Jew, an exuberant rebel named Cassandra. The group of outsiders band together to navigate the treacherous halls of high school and make it to graduation--ultimately learning more about themselves, finding faith in unexpected places, and realizing what it truly means to be Saved!

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Mandy Moore
as Hilary Faye
Martin Donovan
as Pastor Skip
Julia Arkos
as PE Coach
Donna White
as Trudy Mason
Nicki Clyne
as Guitar Player
Aaron Douglas
as Paramedic
Patricia Drake
as Dean's Mother
Brent Fidler
as Church Man
Jay Hilliker
as Waiter/Host
John Innes
as Pastor
Greg Kean
as Dean's Father
Joe MacLeod
as Lead Singer
Althea McAdam
as Church Wife
Thomas Plustwik
as Carpenter/Jesus
Syndie Skeeles
as 3-Year-Old Mary
Susan Wilkey
as Pink Bouffant Lady
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Critic Reviews for Saved!

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (47)

What's fascinating about these two characters is not just how different they start off in the beginning of the movie, but how... They grow from not just the high school caricatures we assume to survive, but end up whole and complex people.

June 14, 2021 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Begins as a satire, ends with a renewal of faith.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a shame the closing moral about a more pragmatic, inclusive approach to spirituality is conveyed with such a heavy hand.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The idea is inspired and the enthusiasm evident in every aspect of story and performance.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Wholly lacking in conviction.

October 30, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

No doubt the filmmakers are bracing for -- even hoping for -- a display of ire from religious conservatives. But the truth is, nothing in Saved! stings.

August 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Saved!

Liked this a lot years ago. Not entirely sure it stands up to the 5 star rating I gave it, but at least a 4 still. Enjoyed my 2017 rewatch and seeing some of the stars who aren't so popular anymore. Still funny, maybe not quite as biting as it was 10 years ago.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I really liked this film! It was funny and it also gave out a positive message. A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A teen comedy with the typical cliques and baddies but also, many deep commentaries on love, sex, faith, humanity, and diversity. Every character achieves redemption in his or her own way, but that's okay because it echoes what the movie believes true Christianity should be. The "shit - fuck - Goddamn" scene is excellent.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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