Reviews > Culture

The Movies

Culture | The top 5 movies in popularity as measured by box office receipts for the weekend of June 4

Issue: "UNbelievable," June 17, 2000
Mission: Impossible 2 $27 million
2 weeks in release
$130.7 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames / John Woo (Face Off) / Paramount Pictures

PLOT
A band of agents searches for a traitor who holds a killer virus in the sequel that only vaguely resembles the original series.

MESSAGE
Watered- down James Bond bravado: Save the world, get the girl, look cool..

We see you’ve been enjoying the content on our exclusive member website. Ready to get unlimited access to all of WORLD’s member content?
Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.
(Don’t worry. It only takes a sec—and you don’t have to give us payment information right now.)

Get your risk-free, 30-Day FREE Trial Membership right now.

CAUTION
PG-13 for violence, bad language, and sensuality.

Big Momma's house Martin Lawrence, Nia Long / Raja Gosnell (Never Been Kissed) / Twentieth Century Fox

PLOT
Extremely lowbrow comedy about an FBI agent who poses as a cranky Southern granny to catch an escaped convict.

MESSAGE
Appearances can be deceiving; the real person lurks behind the costume.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for crude humor, bad language, and violence.

Dinosaur $12 million
3 weeks in release
$96.8 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Voices of D.B. Sweeney, Ossie Davis / Eric Leighton and Ralph Zondag / Disney

PLOT
A young dinosaur and a pack of lemurs search for a new home after a meteor destroys their habitat.

MESSAGE
Everybody matters in society. The old, frail, and weak still deserve help.

CAUTION
Rated PG for animal violence.

Shanghai Noon $8.6 million
2 weeks in release
$31.9 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu / Tom Dey / Touchstone Pictures

PLOT
A Chinese imperial guard is sent to America to rescue a kidnapped princess.

MESSAGE
Heroes hold on to their honor in strange situations.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for violence and bad language.

Gladiator $8.1 million
5 weeks in release
$138.7 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix / Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) / Dreamworks

PLOT
A Roman general becomes a gladiator to avenge his family's murder.

MESSAGE
Stoicism has its virtues. Heroes must risk everything to defeat their enemies.

CAUTION
Rated R for violence.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
With an action-hero reputation built on years as an Asian superstar, Jackie Chan tries everything to build crossover acceptance. He tries on the Western hat in Shanghai Noon (Touchstone; rated PG-13 for violence and bad language). This is a pleasant improvement over the usual Chan fare, where the plot exists only to hold together action scenes. He plays a Chinese imperial guard who is sent to America to rescue a kidnapped princess (Lucy Liu), and along the way he winds up with a comedic outlaw sidekick (Owen Wilson). Mr. Chan's character fights bad Indians, befriends good Indians, gets into a ballroom brawl, gets thrown in jail, escapes his own hanging, and becomes known as the Shanghai Kid. His mission leads him into a clash with Lo Fong (Roger Yuan), a nasty, traitorous villain who kidnapped the princess and keeps his own countrymen as indentured servants. Mr. Chan's character is in the Gene Autry/Roy Rogers mold of nice guy action star, only with stunts and giggles. His movies are getting better, but his work is still an acquired taste.

Comments

You must be a WORLD member to post comments.

    Keep Reading

     

    Attack bac

    Research points to possible way to target superbugs

    Advertisement