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Movie reviews -- SpongeBob SquarePants; Testosterone
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The SpongeBob

SquarePants Movie

Rated PG for some mild crude humor; 82 minutes; opening today everywhere.

Nickelodeon's pop-eyed yellow undersea hero (voiced by Tom Kenny) hits the big screen with his childlike optimism undimmed, even if the storyline - recovering the crown of King Neptune (voiced by Jeffrey Tambor) and thwarting the evil Plankton's latest scheme to rule Bikini Bottom - is stretched thinner than the cheese on a Krabby Patty. But creator Stephen Hillenberg re-creates the TV show's surrealist humor, such as the gloriously weird scene of SpongeBob battling Plankton's hired goon (voiced by Alec Baldwin) on the hairy back of a live-action David Hasselhoff. Little kids may be spooked by the movie's darker passages, but everyone else will soak up the laughs.


Not rated, but probably R for sexual situations, nudity, some violence and language; 102 minutes; opening today at the Tower Theatre.

Graphic novelist Dean (David Sutcliffe) wants his boyfriend Pablo (Antonio Sabato Jr.) back, and goes all the way to Buenos Aires to find him - landing in a stew of political intrigue involving Pablo's well-connected mother (Sonia Braga) and a very observant cafe waitress (Celina Font). As Dean veers dangerously into bloody revenge fantasy, director/co-writer David Moreton (“Edge of Seventeen”) drives this story unsteadily from gay romantic comedy to comic-book noir. The male characters are bland, a fatal flaw for a gay movie, while the women - Font, Braga and a sexier-than-usual Jennifer Coolidge as Dean's tough-talking agent - steal the show.

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