The low-down on this week's premieres
Following in the cross-dressing footsteps of actors such as Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Gene Hackman in The Birdcage, Patrick Swayze in Too Wong Fu, and Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire, Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mama También) puts on his best high heels and enters the classroom of Academy Award-winning screenwriter and nominated director Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her) for some Bad Education.
The film tells the story of Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez), a filmmaker who is looking for a subject on which to base his next film. Cue Ignacio Rodriguez (Bernal), who now goes by the name of Angel, a former classmate and love interest of Enrique who brings him a script about their shared past in Catholic school that just might be to the director's liking. See review, this page.
If an explicit NC-17-rated film like Bad Education isn't an option, maybe taking a trip to the Hundred Acre Woods with the rated-G Pooh's Heffalump Movie is the enchantingly right choice. With the entire animated gang re-united, Winnie the Pooh, Roo, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet, too, learn the valuable lesson of acceptance when they encounter a purple elephant known as a Heffalump, a creature they have never seen before. Originally slated as a direct-to-video film, Heffalump should score well with those that still sleep with a night light.
Will Smith takes a shot at being a "date doctor" in Hitch. Hopefully his smooth moves will be more fulfilling than Academy-Award nominee Jamie Foxx's attempt at love advice in last year's Breakin' All the Rules. Kevin James (King of Queens) plays Albert, a nice guy who always finishes last when it comes to the ladies. Turning to Alex "Hitch" Hitchens (Smith) for guidance, Kevin desperately wants to sweep a beautiful woman off her feet without embarrassing himself. But the slick Hitch just might end up with egg on his face when he meets his match in journalist Sara (Eva Mendes), who turns Dr. Love into a blushing schoolboy.