Saved! isn’t exactly a movie I’d go out of my way to watch, but it was on TV one night so I went for it because I didn’t have anything better to do. I remember seeing commercials for it when it first came out in 2004 and it looked like it had potential to garner a few laughs. The movie turned out to be very different from what I was expecting, but not in a bad way.
Saved! begins with a girl named Mary (Jena Malone) who attends a Christian high school and has suspicions that her boyfriend, Dean (Chad Faust), is gay. She tries to rectify the situation by having sex with Dean, but this obviously doesn’t change anything. Dean’s parents eventually find out that he’s gay, which results in him getting shipped off somewhere to have this ”problem” of his fixed. Well, when he leaves… he leaves Mary pregnant. Slowly but surely, Mary is ostracized by her girlfriends — headed by Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore) — because of this. Mary turns to Hilary’s handicapped brother, Roland (Macaulay Culkin), and the rebellious Cassandra (Eva Amurri Martino) as her new companions. They might not seem like your typical trio at first, but they make it work. The rest of the movie follows Mary’s pregnancy while attending a (very) Christian high school and the new friendships she formed with Roland and Cassandra.
I actually ended up enjoying Saved! more than I thought I would. Mandy Moore playing an evil character was pretty funny, especially since the first two things that come to mind when I think of her are “Candy” and A Walk to Remember. This was the first movie I’ve seen her act in and I was surprised that she actually pulled it off. I also really enjoyed Eva Amurri Martino’s character, Cassandra, who was the only Jewish girl attending a Christian high school. She didn’t fit in, she knew she didn’t fit in, and she fully embraced it… in an often offensive, yet hilarious, manner. Also, I think this was the first movie I’ve seen Macaulay Culkin in since Home Alone 2… no complaints there. Random cast, but it worked.
I give Saved! 3/5 stars. While I probably wouldn’t watch it again, I don’t regret watching it. I definitely got a few good laughs out of it.
I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the movie: “No one fits in 100% of the time.” So true and important to remember.