“Miss Congeniality” was a big hit in 2000 and a rather benign spoof of beauty pageants that was mostly appropriate for younger teens. This sequel, however, has a lot of sexual content and violence, which will be hugely disappointing for parents of teen girls -- and just one example of the increasing inappropriateness of PG-13 films (now the new rated R).
- March 25, 2005 |
Miss Potter fits right in with other historical biographies to hit the silver screen in recent years as it inspires audiences with the messages that ring out most beautifully in true stories. Like The Pursuit of Happyness, it touts the “never, never, never give up on your dream” idea that kids so need in a world of cynicism.
- January 19, 2007 |
In terms of pure laughs, it seems that family films are prevailing at the box office this summer. Now, for those who’ve already test-driven “Cars” or sailed along with Captain Jack Sparrow, there’s the silly, frightening fun of “Monster House” -- a movie that’s far more enjoyable than its trailer.
- July 21, 2006 |
I can understand Jane Fonda’s desire to return to the big screen, after a 15-year hiatus. I can understand the desire to play a character actress. I can even understand the need for publicity for her new book. She has, after all, got a lot of ‘splaining to do. But did she have to pick this movie for her big comeback?
- May 13, 2005 |
Although it could have resulted in a unique hybrid of different styles, Monsters is unique more for its failure to generate any well-earned emotions—or thrills. Better to rent District 9, Cloverfield or The Host, which work much better on their own terms, than to try to make do with this.
- November 05, 2010 |