VIDEOS & VIRTUES
We strongly recommend...
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (PG-13) (Achieved what Steven Spielberg tried to do and couldn't! Will last with you long after you've seen this excellent four-star film that moved the Pope as well!)
Because of its Holocaust setting, the U.S. Catholic Conference
classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America
rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for
children under 13. "Life Is Beautiful" offers a bittersweet comic fable in which an Italian Jew
convinces his little son their grim existence in a Nazi concentration camp is just a game which
they are sure to win. The subtitled picture. and now available in English, begins as a comedy about the young man's (played by Academy Award winning Roberto Benigni)
courtship and marriage, then switches midway into the touchingly human story of a parent's
determination to protect his child from terror and misery. Released: January 1999
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LAKE PLACID (R) (Bark is worse than its bite!)
Because of some predatory violence with decapitations, sex references,
occasional profanity and intermittent rough language, the U.S. Catholic Conference
classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R --
restricted. "Lake Placid" is a lame horror-comedy in which big-city paleontologist Bridget
Fonda, earnest game warden Bill Pullman and wealthy eccentric Oliver Platt insist on helping a rural sheriff catch a huge crocodile that has devoured a few locals. The movie offers sparse
spurts of comic mileage and suspense is equally absent. Released: July 1999
MYSTERY MEN (PG-13) (Stupid, but harmless!)
Because of intermittent comic violence and some toilet humor, the U.S.
Catholic Conference classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture
Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned that some material
may be inappropriate for children under 13. "Mystery Men" is a dopey spoof in which seven
would-be superheroes (including Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo and William H.
Macy) combine their kooky talents to outwit a nasty megalomaniac (Geoffrey Rush) intent on
leveling their metropolis. The ensemble cast offers only sporadic laughs and a chaotic script
further dilutes the comedy-fantasy. August 1999
DETROIT ROCK CITY (R) (Don't waste your time or soul on this trash!)
Because of its acceptance of teen recreational drug abuse, demeaning
depictions of the clergy, implied sexual encounters including one in a church confessional,
some violence, brief nudity, occasional profanity and constant rough language, the U.S.
Catholic Conference classification is 0 -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of
America rating is R -- restricted. Set in 1978, "Detroit Rock City" is a crude comedy that has
four pot-smoking teen-age boys willing to do anything, from stealing to prostitution, to secure
tickets to a Detroit concert that night by the rock band Kiss. The shrill proceedings lionize the
youngsters' anti-social behavior in what is little more than an extended commercial for the
raunchy rock band. August 1999
While the reviews by the NCCB are very good and provide the ratings, we have discovered another site which will give you a much more detailed survey of what to watch out for. Just click on Christian Analysis of Culture Alert.