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'Hollywoodland' and Others – Go or No Go?
September 11, 2006

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Here's what Hollywood delivered to your local movie theater this past weekend:

1. "Hollywoodland": An auspicious return of Ben Affleck portraying the first television Superman, George Reeves, who was shot to death in 1958 (Hollywood has long been haunted with the question of whether it was suicide or murder); Rated R due to some foul language, a little violence and some sexually oriented scenes.

Go (for adults – even though kids are attracted to anything involving Superman, they should see the following film instead)

2. "Lassie": The venerable collie is back with a big-name star (Peter O'Toole) and a familiar plot (when a family funs into money problems they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, but the canine escapes from her new masters and begins a long journey back to the family she loves); Like all Lassie films the collie who stars in this one (Lassie the 9th) is a direct descendant of the original Lassie, a dog named Pal; Rated PG for some semi-violent action and some rough language.

Go (bring everyone in the family, except the cat)

3. "The Convenant": Four teenage warlocks attempt to save the world from an evil force they unwittingly inflicted on the planet four years earlier; Rated PG-13 for very violent scenes with disturbing images; Profanity, partial nudity and sexual content also accompany the horror.

No Go (except for Goth horror fanatics)

4. "Broken Bridges": Limited engagement movie that features the acting debut of country singer Toby Keith and an acting part for actress Kelly Preston; Keith lands the perfect role, a country music star who has a reunion with his childhood sweetheart, which leads to him meeting his 16-year-old daughter for the first time; Rated PG-13 for some violence, some sex and teens consuming alcohol.

Go (for country music fans and Toby Keith-military backers)

5. "The Protector": Originally titled "Tom Yum Goong," a follow-up for Thai martial artist Tony Jaa, who starred in "Ong-bak"; An exhibition of Jaa's formidable Thai martial arts skills; Rated R for lots of violence and some sex in between fights.

No Go (except for die-hard martial arts devotees)

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