(Page 4 of 4)
Staff ***1/2 Pam's dad (De Niro): ex-CIA, a character somewhat reminiscent of the cat-loving James Bond nemesis Ernst Blofeld, absolutely paranoid, not likely to smile or chuckle. Try asking his permission for his daughter's hand in marriage. But smitten Greg (Stiller) tries when he realizes his beloved prefers the traditional route to the altar. Many belly laughs and sweet moments. By Katherine DillinSkip to next paragraph
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
Staff *** Well cast, nonstop laughs, Stiller rules as the underdog.
Sex/Nudity: 1 mildly suggestive scene, 4 instances of innuendo. Violence: 3 scenes with mostly cartoonish violence. Profanity: 15 expressions, mostly mild. Drugs: 3 scenes with alcohol, 2 with tobacco, 1 scene with implied use of marijuana.
Remember the Titans (PG)
Director: Boaz Yakin. With Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker. (113 min.)
Sterritt *** Washington is excellent as an African-American coach hired to train a high-school football team in Virginia as part of a 1971 integration effort. He turns his racially divided players into champions on and off the gridiron. The story is based on real events, but it's been Hollywoodized so completely - the coach is a saint, the victories don't stop coming, the music swells with schmaltz every chance it gets - that it can hardly be called a real-world history lesson. It has a good heart, though, and makes an amiable introduction to the integration battles of the '60s and '70s.
Staff *** Feel-good, inspiring, keeps moving.
Sex/Nudity: None. Violence: 9 scenes with violence, including football injuries and a shocking car crash, but nothing excessive. Profanity: 9 expressions, mostly mild, including some racial slurs. Drugs: 1 scene in a bar, but no alcohol consumed.
Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire (R)
Director: Kevin Jordan. With Derick Martini, Steven Martini, Christa Miller, Bill Henderson. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** A small-scale comedy about two Los Angeles brothers with different personalities - the title comes from nicknames their grandmother gave them - and varying solutions to the challenges they face when new girlfriends enter their lives. Henderson steals the show as an elderly African-American man befriended by one of the main characters.
Staff *** Subtle, refreshingly honest characters, new twist on typical story.
Sex/Nudity: 4 scenes with implied sex, 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 3 scenes with violence, including a scuffle. Profanity: 81 harsh expressions. Drugs: 3 scenes with alcohol, 2 with tobacco, 1 with marijuana.
Out on Video
... in stores Oct. 24
Center Stage (PG-13)
Director: Nicholas Hytner. With Amanda Schull, Peter Gallagher, Susan May Pratt. (113 min.)
Sterritt *** Young dancers at a Lincoln Center ballet school learn the rules of their new home. Rarely has a dance movie done so many cinematic pirouettes with such a graceful sense of audience-pleasing fun.
Staff **1/2 Exuberant, formulaic.
The Patriot (R)
Director: Roland Emmerich. With Mel Gibson, Joely Richardson, Chris Cooper. (165 min.)
Sterritt ** A South Carolina farmer becomes a reluctant fighter in the Revolutionary War after English soldiers kill his little boy.
Staff *** Rousing, earnest, brutal, big.
Up at the Villa (Not rated)
Director: Philip Haas. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn, Anne Bancroft. (120 min.)
Sterritt *** Seeking a last romantic adventure before her marriage to a boring British aristocrat in Italy during the late 1930s, a young woman spends a night with an impoverished Austrian refugee, then faces violent and scandalous consequences.
**1/2 Seamless, superb acting.
(c) Copyright 2000. The Christian Science Publishing Society