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Culture | The top 5 videos in popularity as measured by rental receipts for the week ended June 18

Issue: "Supreme arrogance," July 8, 2000
1
The Green Mile $17.9 million
1 week in release
$17.9 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke / Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) / Warner Bros.

PLOT
Adaptation of a non-horror Stephen King story about a prison guard on death row whose life is changed by a prisoner he must execute.

MESSAGE
Pop supernaturalism: Miracles happen in unexpected places.

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CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, violence, and sexual situations.

2
Girl, Interrupted $6.4 million
2 weeks in release
$13.4 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie / James Mangold (Cop Land) / Columbia Pictures

PLOT
Drama about a teenage girl put in a mental institution in 1967.

MESSAGE
People with mental problems are still human.

CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, sexual situations, and violence.

3
Bicentennial Man $6 million
1 week in release
$6 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Robin Williams, Sam Neill / Chris Columbus (Home Alone) / Touchstone Pictures

PLOT
Sentimental adaptation of an Isaac Asimov story about a household robot who wants to become human.

MESSAGE
Mortality is both humanity's greatest weakness and its most definitive quality.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for bad language and sexual themes.

4
Next Friday $5.9 million
2 weeks in release
$13.5 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Ice Cube, Tamala Jones / Steve Carr / New Line Cinema

PLOT
Obnoxious sequel to 1995 blaxploitation hit Friday, about a pothead trying to get even with a local bully who escaped from jail.

MESSAGE
Hedonism: Live fast, die young.

CAUTION
Rated R for strong language, drug use, and sexual content.

5
Sleepy Hollow $4.3 million
4 weeks in release
$29.7 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci / Tim Burton (Batman) / Paramount Pictures

PLOT
Washington Irving's classic tale pitting Ichabod Crane against the Headless Horseman gets a big-budget, not-for-kids treatment.

MESSAGE
Pop Goth: The Headless Horseman could be anyone-and he's coming to get you next.

CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, violence, gore, and sexual situations.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Who would produce Shakespeare as 1930s music comedy? Only Kenneth Branagh, the modern-day heir to Orson Welles, could pull it off. Love's Labors Lost (Miramax, rated PG for brief sexual and drug references) mixes two styles, setting the action in Europe on the brink of World War II. Producer/director Branagh, veteran of several Shakespearean movies, joins an ensemble cast including Alicia Silverstone, Nathan Lane, Alassandro Nivola, and Natasha McElhone, who seem to be all having a blast doing this movie. The story revolves around the King of Navarre summoning his three best friends to study philosophy with him, all the while swearing off women. The Princess of France and her entourage arrive to torpedo these plans. Throughout the movie the 16th century text is interspersed with moments of slapstick and music from the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Lost stays light, breezy, easy to follow and treats neither the Bard nor Broadway with cynicism. For those who can accept the premise, Lost provides a sensation so often lost in modern cinema: whimsy.

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