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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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A less than average 'Joe'

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 24, 2001

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Movie: Joe Somebody

Rating: PG

Summary: Joe Scheffer (Tim Allen) is an average, working class, divorced father of a 12-year-old girl; a virtual "nobody," working for a large corporation. On "take your daughter to work" day, Joe gets beat up by a fellow employee (after quarreling over a parking space) in front of his daughter. Joe decides to buff up and fight back so he can regain his self esteem, but most important, his daughter's respect.

My View: This film isn't anything that will long be remembered; it reeked of mediocrity! It had a thin plot and was almost sleep-inducing. The characters were nondescript, and the excitement level was almost non-existent, making for a below-average movie I was not very pleased with at all!

Favorite Part: I most enjoyed the parts that showed Joe training in the martial arts studio. That was where most of the humor in this movie could be found.

Least Favorite Part: Overall I was disappointed with the entire film. It was a complete waste of time.

Recommendations: Don't bother!

Grade: D

-- 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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