Taking Aim at Show Biz

Most of the post-Littleton lawmaking has focused on guns. Now it's Hollywood's turn to squirm

Before all 11 victims in the 1997 film Scream 2 have been gored, shot or hacked to death, there's an odd bit of dialogue. A roomful of young Hollywood hotties--playing a roomful of Midwestern college hotties--debate whether film violence causes real violence. "It's directly responsible," says the student played by Josh Jackson (Pacey on Dawson's Creek). "That's so Moral Majority," sneers Cici, the coed played by Sarah Michelle Gellar (a.k.a. Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

This rare instance of Hollywood introspection would be more interesting if it weren't so cynical. A few minutes later, the action has returned to a heart-thumping pace....

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