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4 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Think first By CHARLIE MARTIN Catholic New Service THEN WHAT? I got a good friend/Who's got a good life./He's got two pretty children/And a real nice wife,/Yet he never seems quite satisfied./I said I know what's on your mind/But you better think about it/Before you cross that line.FFhe grass ain't always greener/On the other side. REFRAIN Then what?/What you gonna do/When the new wears off/And the old shines through?/And it ain't really love/And it ain't really lust?/And you ain't anybody/Anyone's really gonna trust?/Then what?/Where you gonna turn/When you can't turn back/For the bridges you've burned?/And fate can't wait/To kick you in the butt?FFhen what, oh, then what?/I ain't sayin'FFhat lookin's a crime./I've done my share/From time to time./It don't mean that you/Got to take that leap/when you're standin'/On the brink./Before you jump you/Gotta step back and think:/There's a price for every promise/You don't keep. (REPEAT REFRAIN) BRIDGE But do what you want,/Do what you wish./It's your life/But remember this./There'S bound to be/Some THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN NEW YORK (CNS) -- The fol- lowing are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the U.S. Catholic Conference (USCC) Office for Film and Broadcasting. Ratings are also given by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). "Dancer, Texas: Pop. 81" (TriStar) Four high school buddies vow to leave their tiny town and move to Los Angeles together as soon as they graduate, then begin reconsidering their plan over the course of the gradua- tion weekend. Writer-director Ttm McCanlies' family-centered tale is sweet-natured and punc- tuated with wry humor but its narrative is predictable and sluggishly paced. A scene with a drunken adult and implied promiscuity. The USCC classifi- cation is A-III -- adults. The MPAA rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. consequences/For sneakin' under/Crossin" certain fences. (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by Randy Sharp/Jon Vezner Sung by Clay Walker Copyright (c) 1996 by Wedgewood Avenue Music/Areles Music/Longitude Music Co. 1997, Giant Records If you follow this column, you know that I'm not much on country music. However, I do try to honor readers' requests. A priest in Iowa wrote, "The my parish- es enjoy listening to country music, and so does their pastor." He asked me to review "Then What?" by country recording star Clay Walker. So, to the teens and pastor of the parishes in Charlotte, this column's for you! The song says, "The grass ain't always greener on the other side." Well, that depends. The allure of the unknown can tempt us to leave behind what we already have in our lives. Some- times this allure can be helpful to us. For example, if you are stuck in a job that you don't like, the possi- bility of a different position that fits your personality and interests better might be the incentive you need to make a change. At least it can help you consider an alternative and start planning for a new opportu- nity. However, when it comes to relationships we need to be careful. The guy in the song has "two pretty children and a real nice wife." His moving to country's top high school bas- ketball player (Ray Allen) is pres- sured about his choice of college or turning pro by manipulative friends and relatives, especially his estranged father (Denzel Washington) whose jail sentence will be shortened only if he can convince his son to attend the governor's alma mater. Writer- director Spike Lee convincingly explores the exploitation of stu- dent athletes, but is less success- ful in developing the father-son relationship which is at the story's core. Some violence, brief but graphic sexual encounter with nudity, racial slurs, sexual references and recurring rough language. The USCC classifica- tion is A-W  adults, with reser- vations. The MPAA rating is R restricted. "H Got Game" (Touchstone) Muddled drama in which the COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE Auto! Home[ Fire & Life[ Your Personal Service Agent "Les Miserables" (TriStar) Splendid adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic focuses on reformed convict Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson) and his efforts to elude the implacable Inspec- tor Javert (Geoffrey Rush) while tenderly raising the daughter (Claire Danes) of a deceased prostitute (Uma Thurman). Director Bille August exquisite- ly brings out the novel's univer- sal themes, integrating strong performances into vigorous nir- rative enhanced by striking visuals evoking the tumult of early 19th-century France. Some violence including a suicide and James L. Will Ins. Agency Inc. 1925 W. Franklin Street 425-3187 II Ill I I II I veiled sexual inntiendo. The USCC classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG-13 -- par- ents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappro- priate for children under 13. "Sliding Doors" (Miramax) Halting romantic fantasy set in London develops two sce- narios showing alternate ver- sions of what happens in the life of a woman (Gwyneth Paltrow in a dual role) based on whether she makes it aboard a departing subway train or misses it and has to take the next one. Writer- director Peter Howitt sets up a playfully imaginative premise that becomes increasingly pre- dictable as the one Helen pros- pers after getting rid of a para- sitic lover and the other doesn't. Sexual situations including a live-in relationship and a bed- room scene, some crude lan- guage and occasional profanity. The USCC classification is A-III adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13  parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for chil- dren under 13. "Tarzan and the Lost City" (Warner Bros.) Lackluster tale teams the AlOe Man (Casper Van Dien) with his fiancee, (Jane March) as they help a jungle tribe prevent a band of mercenaries from plun- CORRESSELL, INC. HEATING. AIR CONDITIONING REFRIGERATION Commercial - Indus*Aal - Residential Alan Correseell 426-1440 / greener pastures would do While the song discusses a moral to marriage, we can also apply its lives. Two concerns come to mind. The first is friends. We may be friends for a chance to be in lar group. Think first! There is nothing wrong with ple and expanding one's circle of when you establish a friendship with extend your hand of trust. interest or time for former friends is ate and hurtful. Avoid this harm by your rest friendship. The other area is dating. stressed the importance while a teen. However, you (full of authentic care) when es relationship. Tell the person that you that you do not seek an exclusive ship. However, when you are present to him or her. Do not to check out "greener" pastures. Perhaps the deeper message in be summed up by some famili ture: "Do unto others as you would have unto you." Give out kindness, caring. Then, even when the grass you'll notice, but you'll also be mitment to being a Christian. : Your comments are always Charlie Martin, 7125 W 200S, Rockport, dering their sacred treasures. Directed by Carl Schenkel, the tame, humorless movie has little sense of adventure but plenty of beefcake shots of the title actor. Sporadic stylized violence. The USCC classification is A-II adults and adolescents. The MPAA rating is PG  parental guidance suggested. "Two Gifts and a Guy" (Fox Searchlight) Shrill exploitation clunker in which three emotionally dis- traught people exhaust them- selves shouting foul-mouthed recriminations at each other before two wind up having sex while the third muses on the possibilities of a threesome. Writer-director James Toback has come up with a shoddy piece of merchandise whose idea of dramatic conflict is ver- bal assault and sexual promis- cuity without any insight into the gone through. ua sional classification offensive. restricted, i "The Ugly!' 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