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Friday, April 8, 2005; Page WE46

6 and Older

"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.


"Dust to Glory." Visually arresting documentary, shot from all angles for a you-are-there feel, follows fall 2003 driving of the annual (since 1967) thousand-mile, all-vehicle race across Baja, Mexico's dusty, daunting terrain -- the Baja 1000 -- a brief, friendly American invasion; vehicles range from pre-1983 VW bugs to souped-up dune buggies, power trucks and motorbikes -- driven mostly by relay teams, some of them fathers and sons; director Dana Brown's narration goes heavy on cliches and dime store profundity. Scary near-misses of spectators, animals on the road; death of one spectator discussed; mildly crude language; beer.

"Beauty Shop." Amiable if predictable spinoff features Queen Latifah as tough-but-tender single mom Gina, a ladies' hairstylist seen briefly in "Barbershop 2: Back in Business" (PG-13, 2004); now in Atlanta so her daughter (Paige Hurd) can study at a top music school, she quits working for arrogant salon boss (Kevin Bacon) and buys a run-down, inner-city shop; Andie MacDowell, Mena Suvari as customers who follow her; Alicia Silverstone as a white hairdresser who must prove herself to the African American stylists (Alfre Woodard, Golden Brooks, Sherri Shepherd, Keshia Knight Pulliam). Strong sexual innuendo, sometimes escalating into explicit slang about sex acts, organs; profanity, homophobic humor, racial gibes; talk of breast implants; drinking. Not for middle schoolers.

"Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous." Sandra Bullock's comic moments as 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 as FBI's glam "new face"; angry, aggressive female agent Sam (Regina King) is her bodyguard; they hate each other, but team up to save kidnapped Miss United States (Heather Burns) and pageant host (William Shatner); Gracie and Sam perform unfunnily at a drag bar. Head-banging fights; nonlethal gunplay; near-drowning; rare profanity; crude humor; sexual innuendo; jokes about tampons, cramps, fake breasts. Teenagers.

"Guess Who." Amusing but unambitious mainstream comedy reverses "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"(1967) concept with some humor, little profundity; Bernie Mac stars as proud family man and banker, chagrined when his daughter (Zoe Saldana) brings home a white boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher) for his and his wife's (Judith Scott) 25th anniversary; Mac growls and Kutcher dithers as prospective father-in-law and groom. Lots of fairly mild sexual innuendo; homophobic humor; one crude joke about alleged differences between black and white men's penises; occasional profanity; racial jokes ranging from mild to mean; characters get drunk. Teenagers.


"Frank Miller's Sin City." Visually stunning, well-acted, verbally sharp, but over-long, brutal, sadistic, sexualized rendering of stories from Frank Miller's "Sin City" graphic novels; on digital video with live actors in a special effects world made to look like the novels; Bruce Willis as a tough cop who saves a child from a rapist/killer, then resaves her when she's grown (as Jessica Alba); Mickey Rourke as an ex-con hacking his way toward the killer of a girl (Jaime King); Clive Owen as guy who saves a waitress (Brittany Murphy) from her abusive ex (Benicio Del Toro), then helps the city's hookers (led by Rosario Dawson) battle crooked cops. Violence is ultra-stylized but feels real: heads and limbs lopped off, odd-colored blood, shootings, electrocution, whipping, skulls smashed, people shoved into toilets, gun suicide; strong hint that men's privates are mutilated; explicit sexual situation; seminudity; profanity; drinking. 17 and up.

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