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Doug Wright and the Movies 03/23/07

Doug Wright and the Movies 03/23/07

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Doug Wright reporting

I walked into the movie, "Pride" having heard nothing about it….and I was impressed.

Based on a true story and set in the mid 70s, Terrence Howard stars as Jim Ellis, a young guy shut out of better job opportunities due to racial prejudice.

Finally, out of desperation, he accepts a job to help shut down a decaying rec center in South Philly.

Here, he runs into Elston-played by Bernie Mac, the lone, long time employee who is the last to know of the closure.

Ellis, on a lark, decides to fill the pool and soon, he's coaching some of the local kids who show promise as swimmers.

Slowly, the kids, the doubtful Elston and even the community get on board and instead of PDR standing for Philadelphia Department of Recreation…it comes to mean, Pride, Determination and Resilience.

"Pride" is as uplifting as it gets, filled with great performances, characters we genuinely care about and reminders of how far we've come and how much more there is to do when it comes to equal opportunity for everyone regardless of race or economic background.

I really like this movie, 3 ½ stars for "Pride" and it's only rated PG.

Another film out this weekend, "The Last Mimzy."

This is a strange movie, a plea from the future to have us help them regain much of their humanity.

How do they do this? They send Mimzys back into the past hoping that someone will positively respond.

So, what's a Mimzy? It's a strange container containing a stuffed bunny, mysterious rocks that create a time transporter and a power generator so powerful it comes to the attention of Homeland Security.

This story follows the two young kids-played by Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn-who find the Mimzy and their struggle to figure out what they've got and why it's having such a profound effect on their lives.

The kids do a good job here but the film-to say the least-is a little convoluted.

I'm not quite sure who the target audience is. Is it for kids? A little girl sitting behind me at the screening started to cry in several spots told her mother how scared she was.

If it is for kids, maybe they can explain and tie up some of the loose ends for me.

Just 2 ½ stars for "The Last Mimzy" and it's rated PG.

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