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Culture | The top 5 videos in popularity as measured by rental receipts for the week ended July 16

Issue: "Bush picks Cheney as VP," Aug. 5, 2000
1
The Hurricane $6.7 million
1 week in release
$6.7 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber / Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof) / Universal Pictures

PLOT
A boxing champ spends years in jail for a murder he didn't commit; based on the life of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

MESSAGE
Prison redemption: Hope can be found even in horrible situations.

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

2
The Green Mile $6.08 million
5 weeks in release
$56.86 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.

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

3
Scream 3 $5.12 million
2 weeks in release
$13.6 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Neve Campbell, David Arquette / Wes Craven (Scream) / Dimension Films

PLOT
Rehash of self-referential horror series about a serial killer who hacks up actors on a movie set.

MESSAGE
Life's just like a movie; one of Wes Craven's teen exploitation movies.

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

4
The Talented Mr. Ripley $4.66 million
3 weeks in release
$22.68 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow / Anthony Minghella / Miramax Films

PLOT
A homosexual man kills then impersonates the wealthy object of his affections.

MESSAGE
Some people will do anything to be one of the upper crust.

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

5
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo $4.6 million
4 weeks in release
$28.23 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Rob Schneider, Arija Bareikis / Mike Mitchell and Peter Lyons Collister / Touchstone Pictures

PLOT
A raunchy Saturday Night Live alumni vehicle about a fish tank cleaner who housesits for a male prostitute.

MESSAGE
You can get away with anything if you have a good excuse.

CAUTION
Rated R for sexual content, bad language, and crude humor.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The X-Men have dominated the comic-book world for most of the last quarter century, yet they're scarcely recognized outside fandom circles. Now there's a movie (Fox; rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence) to explain what all the fuss was about. In perhaps the most elaborate comic adaptation since Superman, audiences are introduced to the world of good mutants (led by Patrick Stewart) vs. bad mutants (led by Ian McKellen). Unlike classic superheroes, these people believe that the world hates them because they are different, so they search for acceptance while fighting the bad guys. Those comic-books fans who were marginalized in high school can easily identify with the X-Men. Over the years the X-Men were adopted as poster children for egalitarianism. The characters have been considered metaphors for causes from civil rights to gay rights. Perhaps that's why the movie tosses in a bunch of real-world references: Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Holocaust, Malcolm X, McCarthyism, Darwinism, and human experimentation. X-Men plays like the first in a series, setting up the characters and leaving almost everything unresolved. It runs rather long, but it's a good way to see what all the comic-book fans have been talking about all these years.

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