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Ordinary Sinner

A young seminary student (Brendan P. Hines) decides against becoming an Episcopal priest and, in classic Thoreauvian fashion, retreats to a shack near a rural Vermont college to contemplate his future. A childhood friend (Kris Park) who attends the college introduces him to a loquacious coed (Elizabeth Banks) who's turned on by his lack of sexual experience and promptly seduces him, but their idyllic summer is interrupted when the student's spiritual mentor (A. Martinez) reveals to his parishioners that he's gay and subsequently dies in a mysterious accident. John Henry Davis, directing his first feature (2001), excels at developing the relationships among his three principals, but the film collapses under the weight of numerous melodramatic subplots. One saving grace is veteran character actor Peter Onorati, who has some affecting moments as the late priest's grief-stricken lover. 92 min.

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