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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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Science class was never this funny

By BILLY NORRIS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 20, 2001


Movie: Osmosis Jones

Rating: PG

Summary: Osmosis Jones (voice of Chris Rock) is a white blood cell living in the city of Frank (Bill Murray), a very unhealthy middle-age man. After eating an egg that was in a chimpanzee's mouth before it fell on the ground, Frank acquires a deadly virus that disguises itself as a common cold. Osmosis has 48 hours to rid Frank's body of the virus before it kills him.

My view: This movie was very cleverly done. I really liked the way this film incorporated a mix of live action and animation. The plot was very creative, and Chris Rock, Bill Murray and the rest of the cast added an abundant supply of humor.

Favorite part: It was really cool how they turned the inside of a human body into an animated city. It was so imaginative! Frank's clogged arteries were busy highways, the bowels were garbage dumps and the armpits were saunas. They used a lot of plays on words that had double meanings, anatomical and humorous (though sometimes crude).

Least favorite part: There was a scene involving a large zit on Frank's forehead that really grossed me out, and I'll just leave it at that.

Recommendations: This is a good family movie that will be most enjoyed (and understood) by ages 10 and up.

Grade: B

- Billy Norris, 13, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School, and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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