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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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'Extreme Days' seems to last that long

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 8, 2001


Movie: Extreme Days

Rating: PG

Summary: Four guys (best friends since childhood) quit their boring jobs and go on their "extreme" dream vacation to surf, skate, snowboard and bike across America. They start out in Mexico, but their expedition changes course when the grandfather of one of them dies. He was really like a grandfather to all of them, so they decide to detour to Washington state to pay their respects. The movie chronicles their adventures.

My view: Extreme Days was basically an EXTREME waste of time, effort and film. The plot had barely any substance, and it was just like watching somebody's home movies -- the kind that make you dizzy.

Favorite part: The only things even remotely entertaining about this film were the cool stunts performed on the skateboards, bikes, snowboards and surfboards. There was a minimal amount of humor that made me laugh.

Least favorite part: The movie kept switching from motion picture film quality to handheld camcorder quality (remember Blair Witch Project?). I found that to be EXTREMELY annoying.

Recommendations: I really don't recommend that anyone waste time on this piece of junk.

Grade: D-

- 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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