Chris Rock, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock and Liz Phair could
this week's movie openings be any more eclectic?
"Bad Company" pairs the unlikely duo of Rock and Hopkins in a high-energy
action comedy (click here for photos from the film). Rock plays a street hustler who's recruited by Hopkins to
finish an operation that Rock's CIA agent twin brother died working on (see
Tang's Daddy = Box Office Gold?"). "Bad Company" was directed by Joel
Schumacher, whose credits include the last two installments of the "Batman"
franchise, "8MM," "Falling Down" and '80s teen-vampire classic "The Lost
The week's other big opening, "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," is
about as far away from "buddy action picture" as a movie can get. Based on
characters created by author Rebecca Wells and directed by "Thelma & Louise"
screenwriter Callie Khouri, "Ya-Ya" traces a group of lifelong friends'
attempts to help a young playwright (Bullock) come to terms with her
mother's eccentric tendencies and complicated past. Ellen Burstyn, who
delivered a jaw-dropping performance as a mother with eccentricities of an
altogether different sort in "Requiem for a Dream," plays the role of
Bullock's odd parent. "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" also stars
Both movies will go up against last week's big opener, "The Sum of All
Fears" as well as box office
mainstays "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Spider-Man."
"Cherish," starring Robin Tunney, Jason Priestley, "Saturday Night Live"
alumna Nora Dunn and rocker Liz Phair, will steer clear of the fray as it
eases into a small number of theaters. The low-key release is a dark comedy
about a woman, played by Tunney, who tries to build a new life for herself
after being placed on house arrest.