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Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2003

Witherspoon not just pretty face in early works

July 24, 2003

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Tired of watching Reese Witherspoon clad in Pepto-Bismol pink in those slight "Legally Blonde" movies? Reese stars as an innocent teen whose psycho boyfriend (Mark Wahlberg) terrorizes her family in the 1996 thriller "Fear" (7 p.m., WB). Sold as "'Fatal Attraction' for teens," the film failed to thrill critics. Leonard Maltin called it a "passable slasher pic."

Fans looking for Witherspoon's surprising early films should hike down to their video store and rent "Freeway." Witherspoon stars in this violent satire as a modern-day Little Red Riding Hood from the wrong side of the cloverleaf. While this twisted film is definitely not for children, Witherspoon's performance is breathtaking. Keifer Sutherland co-stars as the weirdest Big Bad Wolf ever.

  • Perhaps "Amazing Race 4" (7 p.m., CBS) should change its name to "Amazingly Bad Travel Agents" or just "Amazingly Banal Behavior Caught on Tape." Last week, our intrepid travelers spent half the episode trying to book a flight from Cochin, India, to Malaysia. I guess that's "reality," but is it entertainment?

And after all of that excitement, nobody was even eliminated. Maybe next week they can wait in line for 45 minutes at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tonight's other highlights

Note: Schedules may vary due to baseball coverage. Check local listings.

  • Breckin Meyer stars in the gross-out comedy "Road Trip" (7 p.m., ABC), featuring narration and a brief cameo by Tom Green.
  • Death stalks an art cineplex on "CSI" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • Scheduled on "The Pulse" (8 p.m., Fox): Bill O'Reilly interviews Jerry Lewis.
  • "Wide Angle" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) travels to Angola, where the army, composed of former enemy factions who fought a decades-long civil war, now leads the battle to combat the AIDS virus.
  • The popcorn countdown continues on "200 Greatest Pop Icons" (8 p.m., VH1).
  • Jean Harlow sends up her own reputation as a platinum sexpot in the 1933 comedy "Bombshell" (8:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies).
  • Shopping one minute, gone the next on "Without a Trace" (9 p.m., CBS).
  • Scheduled on "PrimeTime" (9 p.m., ABC): experts use new techniques to evaluate evidence left behind by the "Zodiac Killer," who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970s and never was caught.

Late night

Sylvester Stallone appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Luke Wilson, Paige Davis and Toby Keith on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Joaquin Phoenix, Scott Thompson and Cheap Trick appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... John Leguizamo and Suzanne Vega are booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).

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