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This Weekend's Movies: To Go or Not to Go?
August 31, 2006

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

Here's what Hollywood is delivering to your local movie theater this coming weekend.

1. "The Wicker Man": Remake of a 1973 British horror movie where a police detective (Nicolas Cage) encounters a strange cult while attempting to find a missing young girl on a remote island. Rated PG-13 for violence and profanity.

Maybe Go (for mature horror fans)

2. "Crank": A guy is poisoned and can stay alive only by maintaining an adrenaline rush. Rated R for lots of violence, profanity, sex, nudity and drugs.

No Go

3. "Idiocracy": A sci-fi comedy where the subject of an experiment (Luke Wilson) goes into induced hibernation only to awaken 1,000 years into the future, where he is considered a genius because everyone else has devolved into idiots. Rated R for use of profanity and sexually laced jokes.

No Go (unless an adult seeking a time waster)

4. "Crossover": A pre-med student tries to use his basketball talent to obtain a scholarship to UCLA while spurning the NBA. Rated PG-13 for profanity and sex.

Maybe Go (for teens and adults)

5. "This Film Is Not Yet Rated": Limited release exposé about the American movie ratings board; Left-of-center agenda-driven documentary. No rating (consistent with its title).

Maybe Go (for those interested in the ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America)

6. "How to Eat Fried Worms": Continuing run about a fifth-grade boy who takes on a bully. Rated PG for bullying scenes and some crude humor.

Go (sweet story offsets the unrefined comedy for families with children old enough to handle the crude humor)

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