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Culture | The top 5 videos in popularity as measured by rental receipts for the week ended May 6

Issue: "Power struggle," May 26, 2001
1
Miss Congeniality $11.6 million
1 week in release
$11.6 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt / Donald Petrie (Grumpy Old Men) / Warner Bros.

PLOT
Action comedy about an FBI agent who must pose as a beauty queen.

MESSAGE
Glamor may be shallow, but it can turn an ugly duckling into a swan.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual references and violence.

2
Finding Forrester $4.77 million
2 weeks in release
$10.77 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Sean Connery, Rob Brown / Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) / Columbia Pictures

PLOT
A novelist tries to mentor a young African-American basketball star with great writing talent.

MESSAGE
Passion for the written word can overcome differences of race, age, and background.


Rated PG-13 for bad language and sexual references.

3
The Emporer's New Groove $3.73 million
1 week in release
$3.73 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Voices of David Spade, Eartha Kitt / Mark Dindal / Walt Disney Pictures

PLOT
An arrogant emperor must regain his throne after he's turned into a llama.

MESSAGE
Even powerful people need to make friends.


Witty dialogue, no bad language, and a G rating.

4
Men of Honor $3.68 million
4 weeks in release
$22.26 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr. / George Tillman Jr. / 20th Century Fox

PLOT
A celebrated Navy diver helps train a sharecropper's son toward the highest rank for an enlisted man. Loosely based on the story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American to become a United States Navy master diver.

MESSAGE
Don't let anything stand in the way of your dreams.


Rated R for bad language.

5
Little Nicky $3.68 million
2 weeks in release
$8.18 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette / Steven Brill / New Line Cinema

PLOT
Flop comedy about Sandler as a young son of Satan on the loose in New York City.

MESSAGE
Heaven and hell are the stuff of frivolity.


Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor, some drug content, and bad language. This film is loaded with scenes of the demonic played for laughs.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Call it Gladiator for Dummies. A Knight's Tale (Columbia Pictures, rated PG-13 for action violence, some nudity, and sex-related dialogue) treats medieval jousting like a modern-day contact sport. It features fans doing the wave and singing along to 1970s stadium rock anthems as knights fight through a season of tournaments toward a "World Championship" at the end. Australian teen heartthrob Heath Ledger plays William, a commoner swordsman who decides to enter the big time and become a knight. Since the jousts are limited only to nobility, he passes himself off as "Sir Ulrich." His dreaded enemy is the sneering Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell), who sees the upstart as an embarrassing nuisance. The characters live in a sanitized past with no diseases, wars kept safely off-screen, and religion only treated with a scornful glance. Geoffrey Chaucer shows up in this movie as a quick-witted pitchman and gambler. Worse, the movie's whiny, annoying damsel dishonors the hero by making him deliberately lose a match as a test of devotion. This Tale tries to go in several directions at once and-except for some rousing scenes at the beginning and end-doesn't succeed.

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