© 2004 by Raymond Weschler
A very religious, naïve and sweet Christian high school student who faces
the first crisis of her life when her boyfriend tells her that he is gay.
Hilary Faye.................Mandy Moore
Marys very conservative and judgmental friend who is a leader
of a group of girls whose entire lives are focused on Jesus.
Hilary Fayes cynical and handicapped brother, who is not a Christian,
and who does not particularly like his sister or the other Christian students
at their school.
Marys friendly Christian boyfriend, who realizes that he is gay.
Pastor Skip................Martin Donovan
The principal of the American Eagle Christian High School, who tries to teach
conservative "Christian values" to his students, but who seems to be having an
affair with Marys mom, despite the fact hes married (A "pastor" is a Christian
Pastor Skips skateboard-riding son, who very much likes Mary.
Marys widowed mom, who wins an award as "Best Christian interior
decorator," who seems to be having an affair with Pastor Skip.
The only Jewish person to ever attend American Eagle Christian High School,
and a true rebel (a rule-breaker or non-conformist), who is constantly trying
to upset the conservative Christian students.
"Saved" is the very funny story of Mary, a young, naïve and sweet Christian high
school student who finds out her boyfriend Dean thinks he is gay. In order to save
him from what the Bible says is a sin (an act that God does not approve of), Mary
decides to have sex with him, in hopes of convincing him that he is in fact
heterosexual. Although the Bible also makes clear that teenage girls should not
have sex before marriage, she convinces herself that Jesus will forgive her and give
her back her virginity, since she will be saving Dean from hell. Unfortunately, Jesus
does not give Mary back her virginity, but she does become pregnant, adding even more
trouble to what had been a peaceful and happy life.
After Dean is sent to the "House of Mercy," a Christian counseling center for
gays, unwed mothers and others like them, Mary must hide her pregnancy from her
Christian friends. This includes Hilary Faye, the popular and judgmental leader
of "The Christian Jewels," a group of conservative young Christian girls who
devote their entire lives to Jesus (or at least thats what they think theyre doing).
Gradually, Mary begins to realize that there are lots of ways to view sin and
even the teachings of Jesus, and thus she begins friendships with the non-Christian
rebels of the school, including Roland, Hilary Fayes cynical, handicapped younger
brother, and Cassandra, the chain-smoking Jewish girl who is determined to make
sure that all the Conservative Christian girls know that she thinks their beliefs
are nonsense (Cassandra is only at this school because she was kicked out of
other public schools).
As Mary comes closer to becoming an unwed mother, she begins a relationship with
Patrick, the smart, skateboarding son of Pastor Skip, who is able to show Mary
that all the "good Christians" have their own problems, and really should not be
judging others. Indeed, Pastor Skip himself is torn by guilt as he begins an
extra-martial affair with Lillian, Marys mom, and with the arrival of the school
prom (a large end of the year dance), it is soon apparent that Hilary Faye has
problems that are even bigger than Marys
A Brief Note on this Film and the American Culture Wars: In making a comedy about
conservative Christian students, the creators of Saved are actually exploring the
serious topic of the so-called "culture wars," in which conservative Christians and
more liberal (and generally) less religious Americans struggle over a wide of variety
of moral issues. These issues, which have sharply divided the country, include
homosexuality (and most recently, gay marriage), abortion, pornography and sex
education. In this sense, Saved is a very timely look at the controversies that
continue to politically and culturally divide the US.
A Brief Note on the Language used in this Film: Over the years, religious people
have been seen as very conservative in both their attitudes about life and even in
the language that they use. Because they are aware of this, many Christians have
consciously decided to use colloquial vocabulary that is seen as more modern or
"cool," in hopes of attracting other younger people to their religious message.
Saved makes gentle fun of this situation, by showing how determined such people
are to use the type of colloquial language that conservative Christians of a
previous era would never have used. In several cases, the glossary will note this.
Some Words and Expressions that You May not Know
Dean tells Mary that he is gay, and
Mary decides that she will save him.
Ive been born again my whole life.
An expression that Christians use to describe a person who has
accepted Jesus Christ as their own God, or the center of their lives.
My faith taught me everything was a part of Gods plan.
A persons "faith" is their religion (More generally, it is a
belief in something that cant be known for sure).
Of course hes white! God, sometimes I think my brothers retarded, too.
A dated word for a very stupid person, or in the right
context, a person who has a serious mental disability.
I was a member in good standing of The Christian Jewels.
To be "in good standing" in an organization is to be accepted as a person
who has followed their rules. In this film, "The Christian Jewels" is a
singing group devoted to Jesus.
Its sort of like a girl gang for Jesus.
A "gang" is usually group of young people who are often violent and
cause lots of social problems, though here it just refers to a group.
My mom was finally named the #1 Christian interior decorator...and in spite
of living in what the Bible calls "the end times," my future was looking bright.
An "interior decorator" helps design the inside of peoples homes.
In the Bible, "the end times" refers to the finals days before earth is
destroyed and Jesus returns to save the true Christians. If a persons
future is "bright," it looks very happy and positive.
I was about to be a senior at a really good Christian school.
A "senior" is the last year in school, before
the freshman, sophomore and junior years.
Its lame, I know.
A common slang word for stupid or ridiculous.
Maybe it was because I was drowning, or the shock of
Deans confession, but at that moment, I had a vision.
A "confession" is the act of admitting something that is embarrassing or
that you would prefer to keep a secret. In this context, a "vision"
is a dream-like experience.
Its just a little bump, mom. Im totally fine.
A small lump or swelling, often on the body.
Mom was at the convention with Pastor Skip, the principal of our school.
A "convention" is a large meeting of people who are usually interested
in one particular subject or business. A "pastor" is the head of a
Christian Church, and a "principal" is the head of a school.
Weve been talking about setting up our own fellowship program.
"To set up" a program is to start or create it, and a "fellowship program"
is a plan in which students are encouraged to study a topic, in this case
religion, often by giving them money to pay for their expenses.
Whats shaking, Skip?
A very slangy way of saying "whats happening?"
Hes an athlete whos constantly strengthening himself
physically, creatively and spiritually for the Lord.
A persons "spiritual" life refers to their belief in a God or higher
power that is not part of the physical world. "The Lord" is one way
Christians refer to Jesus or God.
I figured I needed to take the most direct approach to saving him.
In this case, a way of saying to think or decide. In this film, "to save"
a person is to convince them to accept Jesus as their God, so that their
soul or spiritual self will be allowed to go to heaven after they die (Well,
at least that is the theory!).
I mean, it was Christs will, and all.
In this context, a persons "will" is their strong desire or wish.
Dean and I worked diligently on his problem for the rest of the summer.
To work on something "diligently" is to work on it with great energy and care.
Are you sure this isnt a sin?
An important word in Christianity which refers to any action
that God would consider immoral or would not approve.
I need spiritual guidance, or a sign or something, and quick.
In this case, "spiritual guidance" is assistance in helping a
person find what God wants them to do, and a "sign" is a signal
or perhaps an indirect way of communicating.
Jesus could restore my spiritual and physical
virginity, especially if I lost it to some rapist.
"To restore" something is to make it like new, as if it were never used.
"Virginity" is the condition or status of never having had sex.
Im saving myself until marriage, and Ill use force if necessary.
A way for religious people to say they
will stay virgins until they are married.
Its not about removing the violation of your blessed
womb, its about Jesus granting you a virginal heart.
As an adjective, "blessed" means protected or loved by God. A womans "womb"
is the reproductive organ that carries a baby when she is pregnant. "To grant"
something is to officially give it.
That way, youre pure again.
For religious people, "pure" means very clean
or uncorrupted by a sin, such as sex before marriage.
Youre getting the hang of it.
"To get the hang of" something is to get
used to doing it, or get good at doing it.
Sure, it was a radical step, but why else had Jesus directed me to the gun range?
A "radical step" is an action that is extreme or perhaps looks even
crazy. A "gun range" is a place where people practice shooting guns.
Having asked Jesus to restore my emotional and physical virginity in exchange
for curing Dean, I started my senior year with all of that behind me.
"To cure" a person of a disease is to make them healthy again (In this case,
the cure is for homosexuality, which some Christians see as a sin).
This new van is amazing.
An excellent alternative word for incredible or unbelievable.
I went roller blading, water skiing and learned to kickbox.
"To roller blade" is to roll on skates or wheels with shoes.
"Kick boxing" is a type of boxing where kicking is allowed.
Why do you have to make people feel so
awkward about your differently-abledness?
"Awkward" is an excellent adjective which means missing social or physical
grace or skill, or in this case, to feel embarrassed. There is no such word
as "differently-abledness," though disability and disabled are words (Throughout
the film, Hilary Faye and others desperately try to use politically correct
language, but it often leads to ridiculous results!).
I really dont know whats gotten into him.
If something has "gotten into" a person, they are acting
in a strange and perhaps even loud or disagreeable way.
They are totally Jesuscentric and gorgeous.
If a person is "Jesuscentric," everything in their life centers around
Jesus. "Gorgeous" is a widely used adjective for extremely beautiful.
Veronica was adopted by her parents when they were missionaries in Vietnam.
A Christian "missionary" is a person who travels to other
countries in order to try and get people to become Christians.
Hilary Faye sees her as an example of Gods
will triumphing over a savage, Godless nation.
"To triumph" is to become victorious or to win, and "savage" means
violent or uncivilized, or wild like a lion, bear or other animal.
Roland is blessed with such a thoughtful sister.
"Thoughtful" is a good word for a person who is always
thinking of the needs and concerns of others around them.
Im not going to have any time to warm up now!
"To warm up" before a sporting event is to prepare by doing some light exercise.
He knows I have to sing in assembly.
In this case, an "assembly" is a group of people who come
together in a church to pray, listen to the pastor and sing.
Hilary Faye leads The Christian Jewels, and
Cassandra scares the entire school at a Jesus rally.
Mercy House is a Christian treatment facility where they deal with everything
from drug abuse to alcoholism to de-gayification and unwed mothers.
In this case, a "facility" is a building that houses a program designed to
help people with certain problems. "To deal with" a problem is to try and
solve it. "De-gayification" is a ridiculous word that does not exist, used
by Hilary Faye to mean the process of turning a gay person into a heterosexual,
or more colloquially, straight .
It was not some kind of secret. The guy was like a one-man gay-pride parade.
A "gay-pride parade" is an annual parade held in some major American cities
to celebrate being gay. They are disliked by conservative Christians!
Cassandra Edelstein was the only Jewish to ever attend American Eagles.
She transferred in last year amid rumors she was a stripper.
Note that "Jewish" is an adjective and should never be used as a noun!
American Eagles is the name of the High School in this film. "To transfer"
from one school to another is to change schools. "Amid" means in the middle of,
or surrounded by, and "rumors" are pieces of news about people that are widely
discussed, but may not be true. A "stripper" is a woman who strips or takes
off her clothes on stage for money.
Secondhand smoke kills. :: Im counting on it.
"Secondhand smoke" is the cigarette smoke that people breathe when
they are near smokers. "To count on" something is to depend on it.
Oh, my gosh, Hilary Faye, are you OK?
A gentle or old-fashioned way of saying "my God."
I bet she doesnt even have a handicap permit for the car.
"I bet" is a common way of saying "Im almost certain..." A "handicap permit"
is a sticker or piece of paper that allows a person to park their car in
a space that is reserved for a handicapped or disabled person.
"Jesus Loves You: Everyone else think youre an asshole." [Bumpersticker]
A very crude and common insult word.
Come on, we dont want to be late for homeroom, OK.
"Come on" is the most versatile phrasal verb in English, and here means
hurry up. "Homeroom" is the first class in the morning at most high schools,
usually held for various administrative reasons such as seeing what students
have come to school.
Im a Jewel. Its awesome!
A popular colloquial word among the young meaning excellent or great.
Guess what! I think Jesus appeared to me in my fishtank.
"Guess what" is a common way of asking a person to guess what happened.
A "fish tank" is a large glass container for housing pet fish.
I hope you all let God use you as a vessel for his divine plan this summer.
A "vessel" is another word for a vehicle or container. "Divine" means
truly excellent or wonderful, or in this case, inspired by God.
Most of the boys in school looked like NASA employees.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which
is the US governments agency for space flight.
There had to be a catch. :: Patrick is Pastor Skips son.
"A catch" is an excellent word for anything negative or bad that is not
obvious at first, which comes with something that is positive or good.
He just completed a world tour with the Christian Skateboard Association.
A "skateboard" is a small board on wheels that is used for rolling.
Out there hitting the boards for the Lord. :: Is nothing sacred to you people?
In this case, "to hit the boards" for somebody is to work hard for them.
If something is "sacred," it is deserving of great respect or perhaps even
blessed by God.
Why dont we catch up on what everyone did this summer?
"To catch up on" what a person has done is to find out what they
have been doing since you saw them or talked to them last.
The miracle you couldve used would have been
not falling out of the tree in the first place.
A "miracle" is something that is so amazing or unlikely to happen, such
as walking on water, that perhaps only God could have caused it.
If you stare at my ass again, I will push you off a cliff.
"To stare at" something is to look at it for several seconds or longer
without turning away. A "cliff" is the edge of land before it drops off.
Give it up! The Lord Jesus is in the house!
"Give it up" is a very slangy way of telling an audience to applaud.
If somebody is "in the house," they are physically present.
Lets get our Christ in, lets kick it, Jesus style!
This is a ridiculously slangy way of
telling people to get excited about Jesus.
Youll want to walk with the ultimate rebel, the ultimate CEO.
In this case, "ultimate" means the most important or greatest. A "rebel" is
a person who fights against established powers or authority, and a "CEO" is
the Chief Executive Officer or leader of a company.
Im down with the G-O-D!
To be "down with" something is a silly and
very slangy way of saying to like it a lot.
Jesus rules! Alright, lets pray.
To say Jesus "rules" is a slangy way of saying he is the best.
Thank you for sparing me from the eternal hell fires of damnation.
"To spare" a person pain is to prevent them from having to experience it.
The "eternal hell fires of damnation" are Christian words for hell, in which
people who refuse to accept Christ are said to burn in pain forever ("Eternal"
means forever and "damnation" is terrible punishment).
I wonder if Rollerboy is paralyzed everywhere below the belt.
If a person is "paralyzed" in a part of their body, they cant feel anything
there. This is Cassandras way of asking if Roland is able to have sex.
Oh, yeah, she digs me.
"To dig" a person is a slangy way of saying to like them a lot.
Please, Jesus, dont let dad humiliate me.
"To humiliate" a person is to make them feel greatly embarrassed.
Those Jesus freaks are on to something.
A "Jesus freak" is a slangy way of referring to a person
who is totally obsessed with or devoted to Jesus. If a person is
"on to something," they understand something others dont yet see.
I thought we had a deal.
A "deal" is a an official agreement, often involving business.
A lot of temptations over the summer.
I bet some of you folks backslid just a little.
A "temptation" is anything that greatly entices or attracts you, especially
things that are considered wrong or dangerous, such as drugs. "Folks" is
another word for people, and to "backslide" is to move backwards, in this
case, back into temptations such as drugs or sex.
Who wants to recommit themselves to the Lord?
If a person "recommits" to Jesus, they
decide again to devote their life to him.
A very old religious word that basically means "Thank God."
Oh my God! The Jew girl is speaking in tongues.
"To speak in tongues" is to speak in languages you have
never learned, perhaps because God has given you that ability.
Note that the correct adjective is Jewish.
Shes gonna show her boobs! :: Thank you, Jesus!
"Boobs" is a gentle and common colloquial word for female breasts.
She says shes got a hot pousso.
The last word above is a nonsense word from a fake language, but when Cassandra
says it, it sounds like pussy, which is a crude word for female sexual organs.
After that, Cassandras status went from cautionary tale to legend.
Here, a persons "status" is the way other people view or see them.
A "cautionary tale" is a story that is meant to warn people about doing
something wrong, and a "legend" is a very famous person, often known for
a great accomplishment or action.
It seemed like there was no act too vulgar to get her expelled.
If something is "vulgar," it is crude or offensive, and if a
person is "expelled" from school, they are kicked out of it.
The more she acted out, the more Hilary Faye wanted to get her saved.
"To act out" is to behave in a very loud, childish or disagreeable manner.
She could be some poor savage in some remote jungle
who will never know the Lord and never get to heaven.
A "savage" is a wild, uncivilized person. If something is "remote," it is
far away,and a "jungle" is wet, heavily wooded tropical area where lots
of wild animals live.
Mary discovers shes pregnant and Roland falls for Cassandra.
You played keyboard during assembly. That was really cool.
A "keyboard" is a musical instrument similar to a piano. "Cool" is
still the most common colloquial way of saying OK, good or excellent.
She knows how to compliment my vocal stylings without overpowering them.
If one musical instrument "compliments" another, they sound good together.
"Vocal styling" is a silly way of saying singing style. "To overpower"
a musical instrument is to be so loud that it cant be heard.
So, like, what part of the world has the worst heathens?
For Christians, a "heathen" is a person who does not believe in God.
Mostly, I just stuck to skating.
"To stick to" something is to continue to do it, and "to skate"
is to get around by using rollerskates or a skateboard.
Hey you guys, I totally scored some free stuff for you.
In this context, "to score" is a very slangy way of saying to get or acquire.
"Stuff" is a very common colloquial word for things in general.
Piss off asshole! And another thing, no more muffin for you!
"Piss off" is a less crude alternative to "fuck you." A "muffin" is a type
of breakfast bread, although here, Cassandra uses it in a ridiculous way
to refer to sex, or at least female sexual organs.
We need to show her just how cool we Christians can be.
If a person is "cool," they are considered in style, admirable or popular.
Youre handicapped, but get it together!
A way of telling a person to start acting rationally or
in a constructive way that will help get things done.
You can give me a little spin in that thing.
To give a person a "spin" on a motorcycle is to give them a ride on it.
I think what she needs is a ride home.
The act of transporting a person in a car or other type of vehicle.
Helping Patrick haul Cassandra out of the mall
was the most perfect Godcentric moment.
"To haul" somebody is to drag them away. A "mall" is a shopping center
with lots of different stores grouped together. "Godcentric" is not really
a word, though if it were, it would mean centered around God.
You really learned lot about a boy when youre servicing the Lord.
"To service" a person is to take care of them, though this verb is never
used, except in a silly sexual way (which is why this is a funny sentence).
After a threatening letter from the State Board of Education,
they finally broke down and created a sex-ed class.
If something is "threatening," it implies action will be taken which
could cause harm or danger. If a person "breaks down" under pressure, they
agree to do what others want. "Sex-ed" is short for sex education.
Good Christians dont get jiggy with it until they are married.
This is Pastor Skips completely ridiculous way of saying Christians
shouldnt have sex before marriage (Jiggy is not a word!)
A sensitive portrayal of one womans struggle with cancer.
A "portrayal" is a depiction, portrait or recreation.
There was a feeling of twilight in the air, all honeydew and lilac.
Two types of bushes or plants.
He was jumping up and cheering.
"To cheer" is to enthusiastically applaud or scream for a performer.
I had been throwing up every morning
and I hadnt had my period in two weeks.
"To throw up" is to vomit, and a womans period is the most
common way of referring to her monthly menstrual bleeding.
Valeries struggles made me realize that my problems werent so bad.
A persons struggles" are the great problems they are always fighting.
Im saving up for a car. When I get one I can pick you up and stuff.
"To save up" for something is to save money over time in order to buy it.
"To pick up" a person is to meet them with a car or other vehicle in order
to transport them. Note that "and stuff" is colloquial English that is
basically meaningless filler.
The test mentions something about a possible false positive.
If a pregnancy test shows a "false positive," it is mistakenly saying a
woman is pregnant when in fact she is not (The opposite is a false negative ).
Hey Mary, sorry to hear about Deans faggotry.
A ridiculous word that does not exist! "Fag" is a
very negative insult word for a homosexual man.
Come on, youre not born-a-gay. Youre born again.
Classic nonsense words from Hilary Faye. According to some Christians, if a
person is "born again, " they have accepted Jesus into their hearts.
Dont you need me to give you a ride home?
The most common and useful way to refer to the act of
transporting a person in a car, bus or other vehicle.
Prayer circle meeting tonight at 7:00. Im
conducting it for Marys gay boyfriend Dean.
A "prayer circle" is a meeting of religious people to pray
for someone. "To conduct" a meeting is to lead it.
You know where I can get smokes?
A very slangy way of saying cigarettes.
Whats the matter; Scared to be seen in public with a
stripper? :: No, scared of being seen with a cripple?
A "stripper" is a woman who takes off her clothes, or strips, while dancing
on stage in front of an audience. A "cripple" is a negative word for a person
who is handicapped or disabled, such as one who cant walk.
Hilary Fayes going to freak out when Im
not there waiting for her. :: Who cares?
If a person "freaks out," they become very emotionally upset, scared
or anxious. "Who cares? is a common way of basically saying that whatever
was just said is not important.
So, how did you end up at American Eagle?
"To end up" at a place is to finish there, often having previously
gone to many other places, or in this case, many other schools.
After I got expelled from my last school, it was either here or home schooling.
To get "expelled" from a school is to be kicked out of it, often for
doing something illegal or immoral. "Home schooling" refers to the act of
students learning at home from their parents (which in most cases, is
probably not a very good idea!)
I figured I could handle those freaks better than my parents.
"To figure" is to think or believe, and to be able "to handle" a person
is to be able to work with them without being hurt or harmed. A "freak"
is a fun and powerful word for a very strange or bizarre person.
Are you playing footsies with me? :: No, wheelies.
"To play footsies" with a person is to touch feet, usually
secretly under a table. A "wheel" is another word for a tire.
Theres only one reason Christian girls come down to
the Planned Parenthood. :: Shes planting a pipe bomb?!
"Planned Parenthood" is a well known organization that provides birth
control and abortions, and is therefore much hated by many conservative
Christians. A "pipe bomb" is a small but powerful bomb or explosive.
And we prey for all the perverts, Lord, but especially for Dean.
A common word for a person who is considered sexually immoral or sick.
We join together and beg you to rid him of his unnatural perversions.
"To rid" a person of something is to help them eliminate it or kill it.
A "perversion" is a favorite word among conservative Christians to refer
to anything they think of as sexually immoral, such as homosexuality.
May you lead him out of the darkness Lord and into your divine light. Amen.
Here, "divine" means created or blessed by God. "Amen" is
the ancient word that Christians use to end all their prayers.
Just lay off of me, Hilary.
A very direct way of saying "stop bothering me!"
Wait a second. You could pollute the Jewels and
everything we stand for. And I cant have that.
Here, "to pollute" an organization is to corrupt it or make it unpure.
If a person "stands for" something, they represent that in the eyes of
the public. "I cant have that" is a way of saying "I cant accept that."
They probably thought they couldnt handle it by themselves.
In this case, "to handle it" means to be able to take care
of it or deal with it, without being hurt or overwhelmed.
I can take it to a car wash, but if the carburetor broke,
I wouldnt have a clue as to how to fix it.
A "carburetor" is a part of a car engine, and if you "dont have
a clue" how to fix something, you have no idea how to fix it (A "clue"
is a small piece of information that helps you find a solution to a problem).
Mary, please dont tell me youre a lesbian.
A female homosexual.
Me having a baby definitely falls into the category of things she couldnt handle.
A "category" is a division or class in a greater whole.
A week after prom, and two weeks after I turned 18,
I was going to join the unwed mothers club.
A "prom" is the most important dance of the school year, usually held
just before summer vacation. If a mother is unwed, she isnt married.
We shouldve at least used protection.
In a sexual context, "protection" refers to condoms,
to prevent pregnancy or sexual diseases.
He even ran away from home to San Francisco.
The most gay-friendly big city in the United States!
Im going to beat this. According to the brochure, hundreds of others have.
In this case, "to beat" homosexuality is to somehow become
heterosexual. A "brochure" is a pamphlet or small booklet.
I wanted to know if youd be out by prom. :: Wild horses couldnt stop me.
If "wild horses" cant stop you from doing something, you
are saying that you are determined to do it no matter what happens.
Were doing a Christian haunted house. Happy Halloween!
If a house is "haunted," it has ghosts or other supernatural beings
(Such houses are also popular at places like Disneyland). "Halloween"
is the holiday on which children go from door to door asking for candy.
Lets pick it up!
A way of telling a person to move faster.
An outfit, popular at parties, that is worn to create the appearance
of another time or place, or of a famous or well known person.
Im going to tell everybody you touched me
inappropriately, while helping me in the bathroom.
If something is "inappropriate," it is considered wrong, strange
or incorrect (In this case, to be touched inappropriately probably means
touched in a sexual way that is not acceptable for a brother and sister).
Im just tired of you pushing me around.
"To push around" a person is to treat them abusively by always
ordering or forcing them to do things they would rather not do.
Do you really think Cassandras gonna be able to take care of him? :: No way!
Note that "going to"----> "gonna" in rapid speech. "No way" is a forceful
and common way of saying "absolutely not!" when answering a question.
By the look of the bruises on his neck, he already has.
A "bruise" is a mark on the skin caused by
an injury, or in this case, by aggressive kissing.
You didnt just do this for the parking permit, did you? :: Pretty much.
A "parking permit" allows a person to park in a particular spot
or place. "Pretty much" is a way saying "Yes, more or less."
Hilary Faye tries to save Mary from sin,
and Patrick helps saves Mary from Hilary Faye.
I was trying to find a new religion, a new God, or whatever.
One way of saying "or something like that."
But to tell you the truth, they were all kind of freaking me out.
If something "freaks you out," it makes you very scared,
nervous or anxious. A common and fun expression.
The whole crystal thing is so felt up. :: Dont you
have a church to desecrate or something?
"Crystal" is a type of rare rock that some people feel, strangely, can bring
you closer to God. "Felt up" means silly or ridiculous, but this phrasal verb
is very rare. "To desecrate" a church is to treat it with horrible disrespect,
perhaps even by damaging it or painting vulgar words on it.
Roland and I saw you sneaking out of the clinic.
"To sneak out" of a building is to try and leave without being seen.
A "clinic" is a medical office, in this case at Planned Parenthood.
Kudos on the Bono shades by the way.
"Kudos" is a colloquial way of saying congratulations. "Shades" is a
slangy way of referring to seeing glasses, in this case like the ones
that the singer Bono (of U2) wears.
I was distributing pamphlets.
"To distribute" a booklet is to pass it around to lots
of people. A "pamphlet" is a brochure or booklet.
We distribute religious tracts to the kids instead of candy.
A "religious tract" is an essay or writing, in this case directly from the Bible.
Shes part of your posse, and I think you can help her.
"Posse" is a very slangy word for a group of close friends.
Im going to need you to be a warrior out there on the front lines for Jesus.
A "warrior" is a solider or fighter, and if you are "on the front lines," youre
fighting in a real war or on a social issue, at the front of the battle.
You mean like shoot her? :: No, I was thinking of something a little less gangsta.
"To shoot" a person is to fire at them with a gun. "Gangsta" is a very
slangy word for a violent gang, or perhaps a type of rap music.
Are you down with that?
To be "down with" something is a silly way of saying to be excited about.
Shes pretty vulnerable right now, so Im
going to need you to be extra gentle.
If a person is "vulnerable," they are feeling emotionally weak or fragile.
Youre performing an exorcism on me?
An "exorcism" is an old Catholic Church practice which
involves trying to drive out evil spirits from a persons body.
Its Gods will! Christ died for your sins!
A persons "will" is their strong desire or determination to do something.
In the Christian religion, it is believed Jesus died for the sins (immoral acts)
of people, and that they can be forgiven if they accept him as their God.
For non-Christians, this is, at best, a very strange theory!
So you are not going to accept our intervention?
An "intervention" is a word from psychology in which a person with great
problems, such as alcohol abuse, are physically surrounded by a group of
close friends and forced to actively face their problem.
You are backsliding into the flames of hell!
"To backslide" is to move backwards, and "flames"
are the glowing or gaseous part of a fire.
Youve become a magnet for sin! Weve all witnessed it!
A "magnet" is a metal device that physically pulls other metal
objects toward it. "To witness" something is to see or observe it.
Sure Veronica, acting all pure! What about
last Spring at the Promise Makers rally!
In this case, "pure" means uncorrupted or sexually innocent.
The "Promise Makers" are a group of Christian men, and a "rally" is a
large meeting of lots of people that is designed to create great excitement.
You are making accusations as were trying to save your soul.
An "accusation" is an official charge of having done something wrong.
A persons "soul" is the part of them that (perhaps) lives on after they die.
Mary, turn away from Satan!
Another word for the devil, or the angel of evil.
This is not a weapon, you idiot!
A "weapon" is a gun, knife or other tool that can be used to injure or kill.
"Idiot" is an excellent insult word meaning stupid fool, jerk, moron, etc.
Did they send you to strap me on the back of your scooter?
"To strap" a person to something is to physically tie them
down to it. A "scooter" is a type of small motorcycle.
Mary, this is a Vespa!
A well known Italian scooter.
What you tell a person when you want them to get on your motorcycle.
An interesting way of saying "Do whatever you want" after
a person does not accept your offer or suggestion to do something.
She actually tried to exorcise you?
The verb to go with exorcism, in which a person
tries to drive out the evil spirits from another.
Mercy House doesnt exist for the people who get
sent there; It exists for the people who do the sending.
An interesting comment by Patrick, who clearly has more liberal views on
issues like homosexuality and premarital sex than leaders in his church.
Marry, wanna go out sometime?
In this context, to "go out" is to go out together on a date, to a movie,
restaurant or other place which could lead to romantic possibilities.
Come on, Im totally adorable. Besides, it would drive Hilary Faye crazy.
A person who is "adorable" is super cute and loveable. "To drive
a person crazy" is to make them crazy or very angry or upset.
At our school, teen pregnancy was about as common as the flesh eating virus.
A deadly type of virus (extremely small organism) that eats human skin.
It is rare, but gets lots of media attention when a person is attacked by it.
No one really seemed to catch on...except Cassandra.
"To catch on" is to realize what is going on or happening, even though
it is not officially announced (In this case, that Mary is pregnant).
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of
righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
If a person is "persecuted," they are abused or attacked, often just for
their religion or race. "Righteousness" is of acting in a moral way.
Its too late for the Big A.
This is Cassandras way of referring to an abortion.
You look like a smuggler.
A "smuggler" is a person who tries to secretly bring in illegal goods,
such as certain drugs, from one country or state to another.
Are we cutting?
To cut classes " is to leave school instead of going to class.
You dont have your license, do you?
A permit or document of permission, in this case to drive a car.
Years of shoplifting have taught me how to hide a bundle.
"To shoplift" is to steal goods from a store.
A "bundle" is a small stack or pile of things.
I shoplifted a turkey out of Piggly Wiggly
wearing only a tube top and some daisy dukes.
"Piggly Wiggly" is a supermarket, a "tank top" is a type of tight-fitting
womans top, and "daisy dukes" are also a brand of female clothing.
Compliments of Hilary Faye.
If something is "compliment of" a person, theyre the one who paid for it.
Patrick asked you out and you turned him down?
"To ask out" a person is to ask if theory would like to go an a date,
to a movie, for example. "To turn them down" is to say no to the offer.
The boy is a tomcat, even if he is a big JC freak.
A "tomcat" is a wild animal thats much bigger than a house,
and a "JC freak" is Cassandras way of referring to a person whose
life is centered around Jesus Christ.
Double plus, bonus. Im pretty sure hes not a mo.
"Double plus, bonus" is Cassandras way of referring to something extra
that is positive news, and "mo" is her silly way of saying homosexual.
It must be tricky.
A good word for difficult or hard, or in the
right context, designed to fool or trick a person.
He gets me and I get him.
This is Cassandras way of saying that she and Roland understand
each other, or relate to each other, in ways that other people do not.
Check this out. I got a candy bar and a whole nickel.
The first sentence is a common way of saying "look at this."
A "nickel" is a coin that is worth five cents.
Dont look now, but bitchface is here with her boyfriend.
A funny insult word (A "bitch" is a very vulgar
insult word for a mean or abusive female).
I get this left out feeling around Christmas time.
If a person has a "left out feeling," they do not feel like they belong
to the group they are with. Note that Jews do not celebrate Christmas.
If you decided to accept Christ in your heart, then
you and your people would join in the fun, too.
This is Hilary Fayes ridiculous way of saying why
she thinks Jewish people should become Christians.
I dont want a Hanukkah bush this year, I want a Christmas tree.
"Hanukkah" is the Jewish holiday that usually comes a week or
two before Christmas (Jews celebrate it with a bush, not a tree).
Youre kidding me again, right?
"To kid" a person is to joke around with them
or say things that should not be taken seriously.
This is going to be pretty intense, Patrick.
A useful word to describe something that causes a great
or extreme degree of energy, anxiety, or other emotion.
First of all, we need to have you confess all of your sins out loud.
"To confess" is to admit to having done something that is wrong or perhaps
illegal. A "sin" is an action that God would not approve of. To say something
"out loud" is to speak it so others can hear it.
Then theres the sex. I mean, are we counting oral?
This is Cassandras funny way of admitting to Hilary
Faye that she has had a lot of sex, including oral sex.
I just ran into her.
"To run into" a person is to meet them by chance, without planning to.
God gave us all a free will, and that day at
Hilary Fayes, you werent afraid to use it.
"Free will" is an expression that refers to the fact people are given
the ability to think and act for themselves without interference from God.
You inspired me. You amaze me.
"To inspire" a person is to act in such a way that you make them
want to go out and do something similar. "To amaze" a person is to
astound them or fill them with wonder.
Youre not my type, Patrick.
This is a way of telling a person they are not the kind of
person that you would be romantically attracted to.
I duct taped a piece of rotten bacon inside Hilary Fayes locker. :: Disgusting.
"Duct tape" is a type of strong tape for sticking things shut (Here, its
used as a verb). "Rotten" means spoiled, bad and perhaps smelly or of
horrible quality. A "locker" is a storage container found in most schools.
"Disgusting" is a powerful adjective meaning gross or revolting.
Ive decided to devote my life to Satan, instead.
"To devote" ones life to a person is to spend all your time
and energy serving them. "Satan" is the devil, or an evil angel.
She was found to be pregnant through the holy spirit.
In Christianity, "the holy spirit" is God acting through humans.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.
"Behold" is a word which means to look or notice. "To conceive" is when the sperm
and egg form an embryo in a woman, and "to bear" a son is to give birth to him.
Dont you have to wonder if she made up the whole thing.
"To make up" a story is to create it from ones
imagination, and thus it is not actually true.
Quit being so stingy.
A good word for a person who is cheap or hates to spend money.
Your mom has her missionary position and
I have my responsibilities running the school.
A "missionary" is a person who tries to convince non-believers to join
a particular religion. Note that here, this is a play on words since a
"position" can mean a job, but the missionary position is the most
common sexual position, with the man on top.
One of the Board members comes up to me and says "I cant
tell the difference anymore between Christian rock and secular rock."
A "Board" is a group of people who help guide an organization, in this
case Eagle Rock school. If something is "secular," it is non-religious
(Rock music is almost by definition, secular, although "Christian Rock"
has become popular among Christian teenagers in recent years).
I said, "Dude, exactly, you get their attention and then you hit
them with the message, and boom, youve saved another soul."
"Dude" is a common and very slangy way of addressing another person.
"Boom" is the sound of an explosion, though here it used by Pastor Skip
to express a great accomplishment. For Christians, "to save a soul" is
to get a person to believe in Jesus so they will go to heaven after they die.
Is this how people turn away from Christs teachings?
"To turn away from" something is to ignore it, or to pretend not to see it.
All the preaching Ive done to the kids.
"To preach" is to deliver a sermon or religious talk in
a church, often about what is considered immoral or a sin.
He said by focusing his energies on the Lord,
he would have less time to think about dating.
"To focus" on something is to concentrate on it. "Dating" refers to the act
of going out with people to whom you are romantically attracted, often to
a movie or a restaurant.
Thats what I call being hung on a cross.
A silly play on words. Jesus was hung on a cross before he was killed,
but to be "well hung " is a crude way of saying that a man has large penis.
Eternal damnation is not fit for anyone, not even you.
"Eternal damnation" is how Christians describe hell, where non-Christians
will suffer forever after they die. If something is not "fit" for a person,
it is not right or appropriate for them.
I should kick your fat Christian ass right now.
"To kick somebodys ass" is to physically attack them or beat them up.
Its hard, but cool it, ok? :: Next time, the bitch is going down.
"Cool it" is a way of telling a person to calm down or stop doing what
they are doing. A "bitch" is a crude word for a mean or abusive female, and to
say a person is "going down" is a very slangy way of saying they are going to
be hurt or perhaps defeated.
Its a sonogram I took a while ago.
A sonogram is a photograph of the inside of a persons body,
in this case of the baby that is growing inside of Mary.
My parents didnt want to have two handicapped kids, and she was the easy fix.
If a person is "handicapped," they have a physical disability like not
being able to walk. Today, its more common to say disabled.
If isnt the heathens. :: Burn in hell, you narrow-minded tacky-ass bitch.
"Heathen" is a word used by Christians to describe people they view as
uncivilized or believing in primitive or false Gods. If a person is
"narrow-minded," they refuse to look at other points of view outside their
own. "Tacky-ass" is a funny insult adjective (Tacky means in poor taste).
Pastor Skip put us on work detail for Hilary Fayes prom committee.
"Work detail" is the work that is required for a particular job or project,
in this case to get the school ready for the prom, or year-end dance.
A "committee" is a group of people who have a specific goal or job they
are trying to accomplish.
Its looking really phat. :: Im so glad.
A ridiculously slangy word (from the hip-hop subculture) that means very
good, excellent, or more colloquially, cool. If a person is "glad," they
are happy or satisfied.
I have done nothing but bust my butt for those sinners!
If a person "busts their butt" for somebody, they work very hard for
them. A "sinner is a person who has done an immoral act in Gods eyes.
Do you have proof?
A word in law that refers to evidence that shows a statement is true.
No way, this is screwed up.
If a situation is "screwed up," it is causing a lot of serious problems.
A way of expressing emotion such as surprise ("Holy" means sacred
or blessed by God, and "crap" is shit, or perhaps nonsense or lies).
Can I have a word with you?
"To have a word" with somebody is to talk to them, usually in private.
I thought she was doing a little stress eating; I didnt want her to get a complex.
If a person "gets a complex,," they start to get extremely
nervous or anxious about their own lives or behavior.
Let me spell it out for you. God is punishing us
for our sin by getting our attention through Mary.
"To spell something out" is to make it very clear and easy to understand.
We are not spiritually right with the Lord and we are not fit to help her.
This is Pastor Skips way of telling Lillian that God is angry with them
for having an affair, and so they arent moral enough to help Mary.
I dont even get a say in this?
"To get a say" in a problem is to get to offer some
advice about it that is actually taken seriously.
Something like this could ruin the rest of my life.
"To ruin" something is to completely destroy it.
A vulgar expression of anger or frustration (Hilary Faye is reacting to a
pimple she sees on her face). In other contexts, it means lies or nonsense
Mary, Roland and Cassandra discover Hilary Fayes own dirty secret,
and as the school prom turns into a disaster, Mary prepares to give birth
while seeing the Bible and life in a different way.
Im really sorry I ditched you yesterday.
"To ditch" a person is to suddenly leave them without telling them.
Before you, it was all about Hilary Faye dragging my ass around all the time.
"To drag" something is to pull it on the ground.
Whats going on?
A common way of greeting people.
Where are you headed?
To be "headed" in a certain direction is to be going there.
Hilary Fayes going to call the cops if we show up at her prom.
"Cops" is a very common colloquial word for the
police. "To show up" at a place is to arrive there.
Ive been snagging all her credit card bills
so she wouldnt find out about all the charges.
"To snag" something is to quickly grab or take it, often secretly.
In this case, "charges" are the bills or money owed on the credit card.
She charged a bunch of spray paint at Home
Depot at 3AM on the morning of the attack.
"Spray paint" is a type of paint that is distributed as tiny drops
of liquid from a can. "Home Depot" is a very big home improvement store.
A way of saying that you agree to be part of a plan.
To imagine her humping that pervert makes me sick to my stomach. :: Gross.
"To hump" is a silly slang word meaning to have sex (Literally, it is the
motion of moving up and down). A "pervert" is a person who is considered
sexually sick or strange. "Gross" means disgusting.
I cant believe your own brother called you the C word!
A reference to "cunt," which is a very crude term for female sexual
organs, or more generally, a mean or abusive female, such as bitch.
It is considered by many to be the most vulgar word in the English language!
Get over it, OK? When I tried to pay for my
hair, my credit card was mysteriously maxed out.
Telling a person to "get over it" is telling them to stop worrying
about whatever bad happened in the recent past and move on. If a credit
card is "maxed out," it can no longer be used because too much money has
already been charged on it.
The limo guy wouldnt take a check! Get off my back!
A "limo" (or limousine) is a long expensive car for transporting
rich people. "Get off my back" is a direct way of telling a person to stop
bothering or annoying you.
Lets get the lead out, were gonna be late.
A slangy way of saying to hurry up.
Can you stop bringing it up?
"To bring up" a topic in a conversation is to start talking about it.
We will inherit the earth! Praise Jesus!
"To inherit" something is to receive it from people who have died, or in this
case, from God. "To praise" somebody is to speak of them with the highest respect.
On behalf of the prom committee, I want to thank each and every
one of you for making our "light of the world prom" a huge success.
"On behalf of" is a complicated way of saying "for." The school "prom"
is the big dance held at the end of each school year. "Huge" means extremely big.
Give yourself a round of applause.
A few seconds of clapping and perhaps shouting.
I dont want to dampen the evening, but the students who were
responsible for the attacks on our school have infiltrated our prom.
"To dampen" an evening is to make it sadder or less celebratory
(If something is damp, it is wet). "To infiltrate" an organization is to
secretly enter into it, often for the purpose of spying on it for others.
Mary and Cassandra have crashed our prom.
"To crash" a party is to go to it without being invited. Slangy and fun.
Chill out, everybody. I dont think these students are here to do us any harm.
"To chill out" is a very slangy way of saying to calm down.
"Harm" is another word for damage or injury.
Cool it, Hillary. :: Shut up, you fornicator!
"Cool it" is a way of telling a person to stop doing what theyre doing
because it is annoying. "To fornicate" is a legal verb which means to have
sex outside of marriage (The noun is rare and sounds ridiculous).
And I did not hack into the schools computer system
to cover our walls with blasphemous graffiti, either.
"To hack into" a computer system is to illegally enter it from another computer.
If something is "blasphemous," it is an insult against God. "Graffiti" is
writing and drawings that is written on walls.
You planted that paint on Cassandra and Mary to get them kicked out of school.
"To plant" something on somebody is to make it look like they
had it, so they will be falsely accused of committing a crime with it.
You swear to God you didnt frame us, Hilary Faye?
"To swear to God" is to promise to be telling the truth, directly to God
(for what its worth!). "To frame" a person is make it look like they
committed a crime that in fact they did not commit.
I found this crammed up under her seat.
If a piece of paper is "crammed up," it is crushed into a small ball.
Its got your signature.
The official word for a persons name written in their own handwriting.
You are nothing but a big fake!
If a person is a "fake," they are not really like who
they appear or pretend to be to other people.
I designed these decorations here and my father
donated the refreshments. And I got Godflight on stage!
"Decorations" are ribbons, lights and other things that are put up to make
a party more festive. "To donate" something is to give it away for free.
"Refreshments" are drinks, and "Godflight" is the name of the Christian
rock band that Hilary Faye got to play at her prom.
Get out of my way, you freaks!
In this case, a strong insult word to describe extremely strange people.
We sort of led a rebellion and swiped it.
A "rebellion" is an organized revolt or resistance against people
in power, in this case against the people who run Mercy House.
"To swipe" something is to steal it.
On the first time? That is so awesome.
A much loved slang word for excellent or fantastic.
Hes your life partner, right? :: Prom date.
A "life partner" is one way Gay men can refer to their
boyfriends, although significant other is more common and casual.
Get back to Mercy House as quick as you can before youre all arrested.
If a person is "arrested," they are stooped and held by the
police and officially charged with having committed a crime.
Dad, its all a grey area. :: The Bible is black and white!
If a moral issue such as abortion is "a gray area," it is not clear if it
is truly right or wrong. If a moral issue is "black and white," like murder,
it is very clear whether it is right or wrong (at least to most people).
Theres no room for moral ambiguity here. The Bible is very clear about this.
If there is "moral ambiguity" around an issue, it is not clear whether
it is considered wrong or immoral (Something that is ambiguous is not clear,
or more generally, it is hard to truly understand).
Everything that doesnt fit into some stupid idea of what you
think God wants, you just try to hide or fix or get rid of?
If an idea doesnt "fit into" a general philosophy, it isnt consistent
or compatible with it. "To get rid of" something is to eliminate it.
Its all too much to live up to.
"To live up to" a persons high demands or expectations is to
satisfy them, even if that is extremely difficult to do.
I think Im feeling kind of woozy.
If a person is feeling "woozy," they are feeling a bit sick to
their stomach, nauseous or perhaps weak or dizzy.
I crashed my van into Jesus...and I have a pimple the size of Jupiter!
A "van" is a large box-shaped car for carrying lots of people. A "pimple" is a
small reddish puss-filled bump on the face, which is much hated by all teenagers.
I shouldnt have ratted you out in front of everyone.
"To rat out" a person is to tell, expose or reveal what illegal or immoral
things they have done, to the police or perhaps to a teacher or parent.
Maybe we can fix it with some glue or something.
"Glue" is a thick white liquid that is used to stick things together.
Im pretty sure this wasnt what Jesus had in mind when he said "help Dean."
If a person has something "in mind," this is what they are thinking.
Dont be too harsh. Im not the first person to ever get the message screwed up.
"Harsh" is an excellent word meaning strict, rough or severe, often in
relation to the nature of a punishment. If a person "gets a message screwed up,"
they misunderstand what is being said.
Life is too amazing to be this random and
meaningless consequence of the universe.
"Random" is another word for arbitrary, or happening with no apparent
pattern or purpose. The "consequences" of something are the results.
What would Jesus do? I dont know, but in the
meantime, well be trying to figure it out together.
"What would Jesus do?" is a favorite question that Christians and others
like to ask when discussing difficult moral problems. "To figure out" a
problem is to try and find a solution or answer for it.
Some Potential Questions for ESL Class Discussion
1. Is it possible to be a good Christian and still be gay?
Or have sex before marriage? Or get an abortion?
2. Is the movie making fun of Christians, or just exploring
the issues they have to deal with? Is it unfair to them?
3. Is Hilary Faye really just "a big fake," or is she just confused
by what she thinks Jesus is trying to tell her?
4. How would you describe Marys change of attitude
from the beginning of the movie to the end?
5. Do all religions and cultures have girls like both Hilary Faye and Cassandra?
6. Is Patrick right when he said that Mercy House is not for
those being sent there, but for those doing the sending?
7. What do Dean, Cassandra and Roland have in common?
8. What did you like and not like about this movie?