MOVIE REVIEWS At the m o v i e s with w o r m s and s n a k e s The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the Office for for Film & Broadcasting clas sification is 0 ~ morally offensive. The Motion Picture U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. ing is R - restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. "Beerfest" (Warner Bros.) Mindless and crude com edy about two brothers (Erik Stolhanske and Paul Soter) who, together with some beer-guzzling friends (Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Jay Chandrasekhar, who also directs) travel to Germany to compete in an underground beer-drinking Olympics against a German team con sisting of a rival branch of their family. The title says it all, as the insufferably ado lescent plot is just a pole for the foulmouthed frat-house humor which is vulgar, unfunny and irresponsible. Pervasive crass and sexual humor, lewd sight gags and innuendo, much reckless drinking, a couple of racy sex scenes with partial nudity, as well as some unre lated partial nudity, comic violence, some irreverent humor, a suicide, drug con tent, excessive rough and crude language and some profanity. The USCCB Office "How (New costuming and choreogra phy and some racial epi thets. The USCCB Office for Mm & iBraadr.fistir$.classifi cation is L - limited adult audience, films whose prob lematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. t o Eat Fried W o r m s " Line) Loose adaptation of Thomas Rockwell's children's book about a weak-stom ached boy (Luke Benward) who, desperate to fit in as the new kid at school and silence a bully's (Adam Hicks) taunts, agrees to eat 10 worms within the span of a Saturday afternoon. With a yuck factor that may disturb some parents, director Bob Dolman's film sends a mis guided message about peer pressure that undermines charming performances and themes of friendship, hon esty and standing up for oneself. Scattered mildly crude language and humor, some bullying and gross-out images and a scene of break ing into a shop. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcast ing classification is A-II adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of "Invincible" (Disney) Inspirational sports drama based on the true-life story of unlikely football star Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), a bartender who, falling on hard luck, tries out for his CNS PHOTO/NEW LINE hometown Philadelphia Luke Benward stars in a scene from Eagles and makes the team, the movie "How to Eat Fried Worms." winning over the coach (Greg Kinnear) and eventually the America rating is PG parental guidance suggested. entire city. Director Ericson Core follows a generic under Some material may not be dog formula but you'll find it suitable for children. hard not to cheer for this feel-good film about over "Idlewild" (Universal) coming obstacles and having Prohibition-era musical the courage to follow one's drama set mostly in a Geor dreams. Some mildly crude gia speak-easy about a timid language, intense football piano player (Andre Ben violence, and a presumed jamin) who falls for the off-screen premarital situa club's glamorous diva (Paula tion, limiting its appropriate Patton) and his childhood ness to older adolescents friend (Antwan A. Patton), a and up. The USCCB Office for brash bootlegger, who, when Film & Broadcasting classifi not cheating with showgirls cation is A-II - adults and on his long-suffering wife .adolescents. The Motion Pic (Malinda Williams), is dodg ture Association of America ing the bullets of an ambi rating is PG - parental guid tious gangster (Terrence ance suggested. Some mater Howard). Director Bryan Bar ial may not be suitable for ber injects his period piece children. with a contemporary hip-hop vibe, resulting in a bold, brassy film brimming with " M a t e r i a l Girls" (MGM) visual pizzazz and jazzy Leaden comedy about a musical numbers but short pair of spoiled cosmetic on story. The film's obscen heiresses (played by real-life ity-laden dialogue, gratuitous siblings Hilary and Haylie raunchiness and brutality, Duff) who, investigating while objectionable, are off alleged product-related skin set by a redemptive ending. damage cases that threaten Pervasive rough and crude to sink stocks and tarnish language and profanity, their late father's reputation, some strong violence, a cou suspect that an ambitious ple of racy sexual encoun rival (Anjelica Huston) - who ters, one with shadowy wants to buy their company nudity, adultery, an - is the culprit. Directed by attempted suicide, risque Martha Coolidge, the satiriz WILLIAM], MURRAY, INC. Electrical Contractors 118 HAMMOND LANE PLATTSBURGH, NY 12901 COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION WORK Established 1931 Supporting the 2006 Bishop's Fund Appeal Insert ing of celebrity and superfi ciality is undermined by a lame script and irritatingly .diuy .performances by the sisters, while a few sugges tive elements preclude rec ommendation for tweens. Some crude language, mildly suggestive situations and wardrobe, innuendo, and brief references to prostitu tion and birth control, limit ing its appropriate audience to older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II - adults and adoles cents. The Motion Picture Association of America rat ing is PG - parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for chil dren. "Snakes o n a P l a n e " (New Line) The witness (Nathan Phillips) to a brutal murder in Hawaii is flown to Los Angeles with an FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson) to testify against a vicious mob boss who unleashes hundreds of poisonous snakes inside the aircraft, causing terror among passengers and crew. The setup of director David R. Ellis' B-movie thriller is, of course, wildly improbable, and it's a wonder that the capable cast (which includes Julianna Margulies, Rachel Blanchard and Bobby Cannavale) can deliver their lines with a straight face, but the premise is undeniably original, and the film, despite flaws, is never dull. The snake attacks, though yucky, are reasonably restrained for the horror genre, but the frequent expletives and occasional sexual elements are objec tionable, all the more for being so gratuitous. Fre quent rough, crude and pro fane language, a premarital sexual episode with upper female nudity and drug use, innuendo, intense peril, an off-camera murder and much midair death and dev astation. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting clas sification is O ~ morally offensive. The Motion Pic ture Association of America rating is R - restricted, der 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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