Staff *** Based on the true story of a young American who travels in the 1950s to the exotic island of Rarotonga to become a missionary. His two assignments: Learn the language and convert the Indians to Christianity. At first, he is mocked by the natives. But they quickly change their tune after he helps heal a dying boy. His faith is then put to the test again and again a hurricane comes close to wiping out the island's food supply, and he nearly dies at sea. Meanwhile, the missionary corresponds with his love back home in Idaho, hoping they will marry after his 2-1/2 year mission. The film carries a simple, yet meaningful message about the healing power of God and how it can bring people together. By Lisa Leigh Parney
Sex/Nudity: 1 suggestive scene. Violence: 5 scenes. Profanity: None. Drugs: 2 with smoking, 2 with drinking.
Director: Roger Kumble. With Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Thomas Jane. (87 min.)
Staff * Best friends Christina (Diaz) and Courtney (Applegate) claim to love singlehood and live a life of one-night-stands and unemotional flings. But when Christina finds her true love, the friends abandon their philosophy and chase him down. This not-quite-love story, not-quite-gal-pal movie is an unoriginal comedy that is nothing more than a recitation of platitudes and stereotypes. For fans of "Something About Mary," it is a cliché letdown. By Katie Nesse
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld. With Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Omar Epps, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Lee. (85 min.)
Sterritt * A sleazy businessman acquires a mysterious suitcase in a Miami saloon, confusing all kinds of people including his unhappy wife and daughter, two hitmen hired to whack him, and two idiotic FBI men. The filmmakers wanted to make a comedy about couples, but there's so little chemistry between these pairs that the theme never picks up energy or conviction. Nor does the film offer any meaningful satire of our contemporary world, although it tries awfully hard, complete with gags about nuclear terrorism.