Friday, April 1, 2005; Page WE45
"Robots" (PG). Delightful, witty, inventive computer-animated fable set in a robot world with Fiestaware colors, Rube Goldbergesque designs; young inventor Rodney Copperbottom (voice of Ewan McGregor) leads fellow robots (voices of Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes, Halle Berry, others) in nonviolent revolt against evil robotics executive (Greg Kinnear) who aims to eliminate spare parts and old robots, reversing policy of company founder Bigweld (Mel Brooks). Mild sexual innuendo about making robot babies; flatulence gags; robot pierced with screws wears "Got Screwed" sign; Aunt Fanny robot has huge derriere; hellish underground shop where old 'bots are melted down could scare youngest.
"Ice Princess" (G). Sanitized, family-friendly high school fable geared to grade schoolers earns credibility with strong cast; a sweet physics whiz (Michelle Trachtenberg) studies aerodynamics of figure skating for a science project and suddenly burns to become a serious skater; her feminist, idealistic mom (Joan Cusack), who wants her to go to Harvard, is crushed; her tough-minded coach (Kim Cattrall) wishes her own flighty daughter (Hayden Panettiere) had the same drive; the coach's cute son (Trevor Blumas) drives the Zamboni; understated sexual innuendo, flirting, a kiss; teen skating rivals say destructive things, slam into one another; overambitious parents harangue kids.
"Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous." Sandra Bullock's comic moments as likable, klutzy tomboy FBI agent Gracie Hart can't save a stunningly ill-conceived sequel (to "Miss Congeniality," PG-13, 2000); fresh from catching a killer at the Miss United States pageant while posing as a contestant, she tours the country, glammed up as the FBI's "new face"; her bodyguard, Sam (Regina King), is an angry, butt-kicking female agent; they hate each other, but team up to save Miss United States (Heather Burns) and the pageant emcee (William Shatner) after they're kidnapped; Gracie and Sam perform unfunnily at a drag bar in Las Vegas. Head-banging fights; nonlethal gunplay; near-drowning; rare profanity; crude humor; sexual innuendo; jokes about tampons, cramps, fake breasts. Teens.
"The Ballad of Jack and Rose." Sharp, tragic, keenly felt drama, flawed by an airless, literary quality; Daniel Day-Lewis carries the film as Jack, a Scottish-accented ex-hippie, raising his budding teen, Rose (Camilla Belle), on an isolated East Coast island in his now-empty 1960s commune; terminally ill, he brings in a sometime lover (Catherine Keener) from the mainland with her two teenage sons (Paul Dano, Ryan McDonald) to live with them and is shocked when his sheltered daughter acts out sexually with the boys; Jack fears his own feelings for Rose have become inappropriate and the knowledge destroys him. Explicit, virginity-losing sexual situation, other muted sexual situations, innuendo; toplessness; profanity, homophobic slur; cigarettes, marijuana; references to LSD; brief mild violence; suicide theme; poisonous snake. 16 and up.