Friday, February 18, 2005; Page WE42
"Pooh's Heffalump Movie" (G). Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and Eeyore venture into Heffalump Hollow to track the dreaded beast, while Baby Roo befriends a baby Heffalump and realizes their prejudices are silly, in charming Disney animated feature (68 minutes), with storybook visuals, leisurely pace, quiet humor that keep the tone, if not the Britishness, of A.A. Milne's Pooh stories, while inventing a new one; one too many nice songs by Carly Simon could cause fidgets. Tots may get nervous seeing dark Heffalump Hollow or when Roo falls into a hole and must be saved.
"Are We There Yet?" (PG). Ice Cube in crass, unfunny "family comedy" stuffed with fake sentiment and stilted child actors, about bachelor "player" who hates kids but falls for a divorcee (Nia Long) and agrees to drive her obnoxious daughter (Aleisha Allen) and son (Philip Daniel Bolden) from Portland to Vancouver, where she's on a business trip; they expertly sabotage him. Many "comic" scenes put kids in danger: as passengers in scary highway chases, hopping a freight train, briefly trying to operate an SUV and a truck; crotch kicks, flatulence, vomit, toilet jokes; mild profanity; crude language.
"Hitch." Slick, glib, irresistible, perfectly cast romantic comedy with Will Smith as Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, a "date doctor" who teaches shy New Yorkers like Albert the accountant (Kevin James) how to woo women; then Alex meets a smart, gorgeous gossip columnist (Eva Mendes) who makes him forget he vowed never to fall in love himself. A relatively chaste PG-13, but with much verbal sexual innuendo, some of it crude and misogynistic; a man is kicked in the crotch and slammed against an anatomically correct bronze bull; fairly strong profanity; character gets high on antihistamines. Teens.
"Rory O'Shea Was Here." Flawed Irish film entertains with flashes of irreverent humor, but oversells its tale with too much sentimentality; two young men in wheelchairs, both with severe physical disabilities, become pals at an institution; mild Michael (Steven Robertson), with cerebral palsy and unintelligible speech, and rebellious Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy), with muscular dystrophy and a very intelligible trash mouth, get an apartment in Dublin and hire a pretty girl (Romola Garai) as a helper; soon love pangs, health concerns and "normal life" test their friendship. Strong profanity and sexual innuendo; drinking. 16 and up.