CINEMA: DOLE'S BOMB SQUAD

VIRTUECRATS NOTWITHSTANDING, IT'S BEEN A TOUGH SUMMER FOR KID-FRIENDLY MOVIES

Bob Dole returned to Hollywood last week to praise films that "raise our vision of life instead of dragging us down." But within a day it became clear that Citizen Dole wasn't quite sure which movies he was talking about. Having singled out Independence Day as a positive example, he decided the movie might not be appropriate for kids after all.

Dole stumbled into a confounding question: What is a family movie? It's hard even for the industry to say. Certainly a lot of children have seen violent summer blockbusters like Independence Day, Twister and Mission: Impossible--movies that, while not gorefests,...

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