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July 26, 2004


Patrick Rothwell

I saw it a few weeks ago and it was not nearly as funny or charming as the reviewers made it out to be. There is some salty language, but not offensively so. Dynamite is a friendless, poor, teen-age uber-nerd who lives in the middle of nowhere in Montana or Idaho with almost no redeeming qualities other than the fact that he is basically non-malicious. At the end of the movie, however, he discovers one small talent about himself which may or may not auger well for the future. It's supposedly a "triumph of the human spirit" movie, but I didn't feel particularly triumphant or hopeful afterwards. The movie is ok, but I would wait for it to come out on video. By that time, your daughter will be slightly older and will have probably seen much more problematic fare. I don't remember that it had any hilarious, but bawdy gross-out scenes a la "American Pie" or "There's Something About Mary," if that is what you are concerned about.

Jeff Miller

Decentfilms.com liked the Bourne Supremacy and so does Barbra Nicolosi.


Screenit.com is a great resource if one wants to know the age appropriateness of a movie.

Alcohol/Drugs- Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude- Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes-Moderate
Imitative Behavior-Moderate
Jump Scenes- Minor
Music(Scary/Tense)- Heavy
Music(Inappropriate) - None
Profanity -Heavy
Smoking- Minor
Tense FamilyScenes- Minor
Topics To Talk About -Mild

Alcohol/Drugs- Minor
Blood/Gore- None
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude- Moderate
Frightening/Tense Scenes-None
Imitative Behavior-Moderate
Jump Scenes- None
Music(Scary/Tense)- None
Music(Inappropriate) - None
Profanity -Mild
Smoking- None
Tense FamilyScenes- Mild
Topics To Talk About -Moderate
Violence- Moderate

Mark R

It is very clean. There were two instances when I thought it was going to turn sordid, but it surprisingly took another route.
The star of the films is, I believe, a Mormon.

Sandra Miesel

You can get a sampling of nation-wide reviews on These are secular critics of course, but the consensus does tend to build in one direction or the other and the kinds of thing praised about a film are a clue to its appropriateness, apart from ratings.


The USCCB also runs a movie review website with age-appropriateness included in the review.


The USCCB also runs a movie review website with age-appropriateness included in the review.


The USCCB also runs a movie review website with age-appropriateness included in the review.


I enjoyed Bourne Supremacy--violent, of course, with good chase scenes, but no sex or nudity (there is a brief scene of a girl dancing on a table with clothes on at a disco in Berlin, but it lasts about 3 seconds). There was less killing than I thought there might be, which is good.


"Disrespectful/Bad Attitude"...Oh my!

Sandra Miesel

For some reason, the address of the website I was talking about got left out of my post above: www.rottentomatoes.com
I assumed you were already looking at UCCB ratings and Catholic critics such as Stephen Greydanus.


I look at most of what y'all suggest, not being an ignoramous about such things, but the truth is, I often find the information not quite what I need. Patrick Rothwell's comments, at the beginning of this thread, for example, were more useful to me than anything else I'd read about ND from any of those other sources! Sometimes it just takes people who are on the same wavelength...


this movie may be intended for the now 23-26 year olds-maybe that is why you all have problems- this is one of the purest movies I have seen in a long time. Hilarious, the best movie, everyone should see it, unless you have a closed off uncreative mind.

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