Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Movie Guide

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Movie Guide

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New in Theaters

Beerfest (R)

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar. With Jay Chandrasekhar, Will Forte. (110 min.)

The Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns to the big screen with a film that is, impossibly, even more sophomoric than their seminal "Super Troopers." After disgracing themselves at a massive drinking contest during Munich's Oktoberfest, two brothers assemble the ultimate drinking team. They return to Germany the following year to reclaim their pride - by losing their dignity. Grade: C- - Matt Bradley

How to Eat Fried Worms (PG)

Director: Bob Dolman. With Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg. (98 min.)

New fifth-grader Billy (Benward) gets on the wrong side of the class bully, who finagles Billy into betting he can eat 10 worms in 12 hours. The wager's loser must come to school with his pants full of worms. This unpromising set-up actually leads into an entertaining look into male posturing, overcoming new-kid syndrome, and a lesson on standing up for yourself and keeping your word. Grade: B- - M.K. Terrell

Sex/Nudity: 1 instance of innuendo. Violence: 3 instances. Profanity: 1 mild theological expression. Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: 1 instance of drinking.

Idlewild (R)

Director: Bryan Barber. With Terrence Howard, Andre Benjamin, Big Boi. (90 min.)

The headline singer in a 1930s small-town Georgia speakeasy (Big Boi) inherits the club - along with its debts and enemies - when a small-time hood (Howard) shoots the owners. A new singer in town (Paula Patton) teams up with the club's piano player (Benjamin) to breathe new life into the place. This musical's uncertain blend of rap and 1930s jazz never completely jells (the hip hop-singing cuckoo clocks go overboard), but the lovely sepia-toned photography lends period flavor, and the whole thing wraps up with a Busby Berkeley-style production number. Grade: C+ - M.K.T.

Sex/Nudity: 5 instances of innuendo, 1 brief instance of seminudity, 2 sex scenes. …

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