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Xpress, the Coolest Section of the St. Petersburg Times, is the home for features, news and views of interest to young readers. Most of the work in Xpress, which appears on Mondays in Floridian, is produced by the Times' X-Team. The team of journalists ages 9-17 from around the Tampa Bay area is selected every year at the end of the school year to serve during the following school term. The current team of 12 was chosen out of 150 applicants. Watch for X-Team application forms in Xpress during the month of May.


Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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My 'Kung Pow' beef: The movie stinks

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 4, 2002

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Movie: Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

Rating: PG-13 for rude, crude, humor

Summary: "The Chosen One" (Steve Oedekerk) is a martial artist raised by many forest creatures after his parents' murder. Once grown, he sets off on a wacky adventure to avenge their deaths.

My View: This was one of the worst, if not THE worst, movie I've ever seen. This film spoofs a 1976 karate movie. Everything about it was horrible! All of the characters were completely annoying. Each one made this screeching, whiny sound that infiltrated my brain and nerve cells. It felt as if my ear drums would burst. The stunts were totally idiotic, and what was intended to be funny instead provoked a roll of my eyes and a shake of my head.

Favorite part: I liked when I was able to run out of the theater and escape the sheer torture.

Least Favorite Part: The entire 81 minutes it took to get through this awful film!

Recommendations: Don't go there!

Grade: F

- Billy Norris, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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