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"Bounce," "The 6th Day," "Rugrats in Paris" and "Men of Honor."

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!B! "Bounce"!B! "The 6th Day"!B! "Rugrats in Paris"!B! "Men of Honor"

"Bounce" — Don Roos made his directing debut a few years back with "The Opposite of Sex," a wickedly funny, low-budget comedy about the many faces of love. Unfortunately, this sophomore directing effort resembles the mainstream scripts Roos used to write for other directors. "Bounce" is a glossy blend of the sentimental and the provocative, with a heavy emphasis on the former. Though it tries to mask its heritage, "Bounce" is nothing more than a hip riff on the "boy meets girl, loses girl, then gets girl back" theme. Ben Affleck is a commitment-challenged, hotshot ad exec named Buddy; Gwyneth Paltrow is lonely, widowed, single mom Abby. As the two meet and start to fall in love, the audience knows their meeting is not by chance. And that's what complicates and ultimately undermines this romantic drama. We know the sad twist of fate that propels Buddy into Abby's life. While "Bounce" has its maudlin moments, Paltrow and Affleck are at their best when Roos allows their characters to be vulnerable. But even those infrequent moments aren't enough to keep "Bounce" from being a so-so romance. "The 6th Day" — The good news is that this thriller about human clones is typical Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bad news? This thriller about human clones is typical Arnold Schwarzenegger, but circa 1990. The Austrian Oak plays Adam Gibson (get the reference? Adam? First Man? Six days? Playing God?) who returns home sometime in the near future only to find in his absence he's been illegally cloned. Now, Arnold/Adam must try to kill himself as well as the evil techno-freaks who cloned him and reclaim his life and family. "Rugrats in Paris" — Aimed unerringly at its 7-and-under target audience, this second big-screen adventure featuring Tommy, Angelika, Chuckie and the rest of the Rugrats gang is chock-full of poopie-filled diapers, boogers, farts and wedgies. As trying as it is for adults, this is high humor for the K through 2 set. Although the gang heads off across the Pond, where Chuckie might get a new mom, the Parisian setting is merely a backdrop for the usual Rugrats shenanigans. The animation may be finer this go-round and the celebrity cameo voices more high-profile, but "Rugrats In Paris" offers little that's new. But that's a comfort to moviegoing tykes, and they'll be giggling throughout the movie — and — all the way home. "Men of Honor" — A high-profile, politically correct and clichéd drama that celebrates military heroism, "Men of Honor" never feels the need to make us believe its hero is also human. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as real-life, African-American hero Carl Brashear, the first black man to become a Navy diver. Robert De Niro is his nemesis, the tough-talking, redneck Master Chief Billy Sunday, who's determined to see Carl wash out of diving school. Gooding Jr. does his best with a role that keeps him in the lofty, nearly unbelievable role of a Superman. Although De Niro seems to be recycling his bigoted, stepdad role in "This Boy's Life," his performance is still forceful. Carl Brashear is an inspiring study in courage and determination in the face of discrimination. Unfortunately, "Men of Honor" is one part truth and two parts Hollywood hyperbole.

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