“Junior Varsity Angel Wrestling Team”: I finally watch “The Wise Kids”

after a whole bunch of gay Christians told me I should:

The last thing you see in writer-director Stephen Cone’s 2011 film The Wise Kids is its dedication: to the former members of the youth ministry at a Baptist church in Florence, South Carolina. The Wise Kids has been slowly gaining fans via streaming services (it’s available on Amazon Prime and Netflix), as adults recognize in it their own experiences as teenage Christians. The film is in large part about the failures and sins of American church culture—but you can also tell that Cone is honoring the place and community that shaped him.

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