OUTSIDE PROVIDENCE is the hilarious yet startlingly poignant story of a young manÂ’s coming of age. In the blue-collar town of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Timothy Dunphy has a broken home, a three-legged dog and a full-blown attraction to trouble. His friends have no future, but heÂ’s about to get one whether he likes it or not. After crashing into a parked police car, his father packs him off to prep school - where heÂ’s out of place, outclassed and seriously outnumbered.
Three of Rhode Island's finest, the director of "Federal Hill" and the brothers behind "There's Something About Mary," collaborate on a rowdily funny yet also unexpectedly tender coming-of-age tale. This rueful and very likable comedy tells of a Pawtucket teen-ager who is abruptly separated from his druggy old cronies and packed off to a Connecticut prep school, where he is a sharp-eyed observer of the characters around him. Loosely knit, sometimes uproarious, the film benefits enormously from Alec Baldwin's deft performance as the boy's small-minded, memorably impossible father. — Janet Maslin
1999-09-01 | Janet Maslin | Read the New York Times Review of Outside Providence