WASHINGTON (March 12, 1999) -- The 1-800-311-4CCC movie line reviews Analyze This for the week of March 12-18. Also included on the toll-free line is a review of Pinocchio, this week's suggested home video for family viewing.
The 800 movie review line is a project of the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC).
The March 12-18 list includes the following theater releases and their classifications according to moral suitability. Movies are evaluated according to artistic merit and moral suitability by the U.S. Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting.
- Analyze This -- Because of intermittent stylized violence, a brief sexual encounter and sexual references, occasional profanity and much rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
Analyze This is a sporadically funny comedy in which mob boss Robert De Niro, suffering from anxiety attacks, enlists exasperated shrink Billy Crystal to cure him before an imminent meeting of crime kingpins from around the country. The crude, underworld setting is tempered by adult humor, a sprinkling of sentimentality and the gangster's gradual reformation.
- The Rage: Carrie 2 -- Because of many gory killings, a sexual
encounter, much implied promiscuity, brief nudity, some rough language and a
few instances of profanity, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is O
-- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R --
restricted. The Rage: Carrie 2 is a nasty horror film in which callous high schoolers
taunt an emotionally fragile classmate who eventually turns her telekinetic
powers on them with murderous ferocity. Teenage angst, peer pressure and
sexist attitudes are exploited to deliver a bloodbath of cheap thrills.
- The Corruptor -- Because of excessive violence, sexual situations with
nudity and much rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is
O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R
The violent action film, The Corrupter, set in New York City's Chinatown,
partners a white police detective with his respected but corrupt Chinese
superior as they battle a murderous gang out to grab power from rival
gangsters. The formula-bound story of duplicity and betrayal is overloaded
with shootouts, car crashes and lame moral rationalizing.
- The Deep End of the Ocean -- Because of a traumatic family crisis,
domestic tensions and occasional profanity and rough language, the U.S.
Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture
Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that
some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
The Deep End of the Ocean is an emotional drama in which a mother (played by
Michelle Pfeiffer) copes with heartbreak when her 3-year-old son disappears,
then has to realize she is only a stranger to him when the boy is found 9
years later. The disappointing result is an overwrought vehicle for its star
since the substantive issues of family life being addressed are treated
- Baby Geniuses -- Because of some cartoon violence and mayhem and a few
crude remarks, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults
and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG --
parental guidance suggested. Baby Geniuses is a comic misfire in which Kathleen Turner's mad-scientist
doctor thinks she can raise brilliant toddlers in a hidden lab to rule the
world, but is outsmarted by frisky 2-year-old twins. This insipid depiction
of babies as miniature, wise-cracking, kickboxing adults is unappealing, dull
and badly overacted.
- Wing Commander -- Because of frequent stylized fantasy violence, an implied sexual encounter and a few crude references, the U.S. Catholic Conference classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Wing Commander is an uninvolving space adventure set 600 years in the future as a handful of interplanetary pilots attempt to short curcuit an invasion of Earth by malevolent alien monsters. Based on a line of computer games, the movie's routine special effects, standard spaceship shootouts and corny dialogue add up to a sci-fi cipher.
The classifications are A-I - general patronage; A-II - adults and adolescents; A-III - adults; A-IV - adults, with reservations (an A-IV classification designates problematic films that, while not morally offensive in themselves, require caution and some analysis and explanation as a safeguard against wrong interpretations and false conclusions); O - morally offensive.
The movie reviews are produced by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting, which each week provides full length movie reviews, brief capsules and film classifications of new theater releases.
Reviewers include Henry Herx, Director, and Gerri Pare, Associate Director, of the Film and Broadcasting Office, which is funded by the CCC.
The capsule reviews are available on the World Wide Web. They can be found on two sites: http://www.nccbuscc.org and http://www.catholicdigest.org/stops/movies/index.html.
Full-length reviews of the above and other movies are available through America Online at the Catholic News Service site on AOL, and can be accessed by AOL members using the keyword, "CNS."