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Culture | The top 5 videos in popularity as measured by rental receipts for the week ended Oct. 15

Issue: "The 2000 vote," Nov. 4, 2000
1
Rules of engagement $7.76 million
1 week in release
$7.76 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson / William Friedkin (The French Connection) / Paramount Pictures

PLOT
A Marine colonel faces a court-martial when a mission to save an ambassador results in civilian deaths.

MESSAGE
A big gray area exists between combat and murder.

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CAUTION
Rated R for bad language and war violence.

2
U-571 $5.96 million 2 weeks in release $14.05 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton / Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) / Universal Pictures

PLOT
WWII submarine drama about an American crew trying to grab a top-secret coding device from a German U-boat.

MESSAGE
War makes ordinary men do amazing things.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for violence and some bad language.

3
Pitch Black $5.31 million 1 week in release $5.31 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell / David Twohy / USA Films

PLOT
The survivors of a crashed spaceship fight nasty aliens on a desolate planet.

MESSAGE
If you don't work together, nasty space monsters will kill you.

CAUTION
Rated R for violence, gore, bad language.

4
Shanghai Noon $5.22 million 1 week in release $5.22 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.

5
Final Destination $4.44 million 3 weeks in release $19.89 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Devon Sawa, Ali Larter / James Wong / New Line Cinema

PLOT
Teenager has vision of a plane crash, so he tells his friend not to board a flight. They are saved from disaster, but get wiped out in typical horror- movie fashion.

MESSAGE
Fatalism: Even if you miss one tragedy, the next one will get you.

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

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Can one kid change the world? Warner Brothers' Oscar contender Pay it Forward (rated PG-13 for bad language, drug use, some sexual situations, and brief violence) presents a boy (Haley Joel Osment of Sixth Sense fame) who cooks up a plan as a school project: Do a big favor for someone else, and ask them to help three other people in return. This continues on like a pyramid of goodwill. The kid lives in a disadvantaged part of Las Vegas with a troubled family: an alcoholic mother (Helen Hunt), an abusive, deadbeat father (Jon Bon Jovi), and a homeless grandmother (Angie Dickinson). Kevin Spacey gives a great performance as the teacher with a mysterious past. His campaign results in triumph and tragedy. The often-unpleasant story of his family is more interesting than the pay-it-forward movement, which includes some questionable favors: At one point Grandma helps a thief escape the police. The trouble with Pay It Forward is that it is too intense for children and maybe too melodramatic for adults. It has too many subplots and an unnecessary tearjerker ending. Frank Capra's movies (It's a Wonderful Life, Meet John Doe, Pocketful of Miracles, etc.) did better with the theme of good-hearted people in bad circumstances.

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