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Boys

Though it's far from an unqualified success, this second feature by writer-director Stacy Cochran is generally an improvement over her first, My New Gun. Lukas Haas plays a rebellious loner in his senior year at a stuffy boarding school who comes to the aid of a woman (Winona Ryder) evading the police. Certain parts of the story—adapted from the James Salter short story “Twenty Minutes”—are more believable than others, but the actors do a nice job of investing it all with a certain conviction, and there's a fairy-tale tinge to some of the action that gives it a certain charm. With John C. Reilly, James LeGros, Skeet Ulrich, and Charlie Hofheimer.

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