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Offbeat coming-of-age drama – set in 1994 New York to a hip-hop soundtrack. A pot-dealing high school graduate (Josh Peck) with a troubled home life forms an unlikely friendship with his drug-addicted therapist (Ben Kingsley in a quirky change of pace) and falls in love with the shrink's promiscuous stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby). Peck's fine performance is often affecting, and there is trenchant humor in the script, but the milieu of director-writer Jonathan Levine's film is mostly sordid and its objectionable elements and the permissiveness with which they are presented are problematic despite a solid moral thread and ultimately redemptive wrap-up. Pervasive rough language and some profanity, extensive drug dealing and use, nonmarital sexual encounters without nudity, brief rear and upper-female nudity elsewhere, masturbation, a suicide attempt and strong sexual talk. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O – morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R – restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Denis and Companions: This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius. 
<p>The best hypothesis contends that Denis was sent to Gaul from Rome in the third century and beheaded in the persecution under Emperor Valerius in 258. </p><p>According to one of the legends, after he was martyred on Montmartre (literally, "mountain of martyrs") in Paris, he carried his head to a village northeast of the city. St. Genevieve built a basilica over his tomb at the beginning of the sixth century.</p> American Catholic Blog The saints share in God’s glory, for they are God’s new creation through Jesus Christ. This new creation radiates God’s glory, for God fills the saints with his grace. He shares his glory, his divine life, with those who are willing to receive it through the work and person of Jesus Christ.

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