Recycled genre cool vs. offbeat comedy vs. a bunch of Pokemon knockoffs -- that's the lineup heading into the cineplexes this weekend as "Get Carter," "Meet the Parents" and "Digimon: The Movie" open.
Here's a rundown of this weekend's new films:
"Get Carter" The Skinny: Sly Stallone stars as the stolid small-time gangster set out to avenge his brother's murder in this remake of the 1971 classic by Mike Hodges. The Upside: Call it cool by association, but the 1971 "Get Carter" had a steady cult following, and Michael Caine, as the lead in the original, more than cut it playing the stoic hoodlum out for blood. The Downside: Sly ain't no Michael Caine.
"Meet the Parents" The Skinny: Ben Stiller plays a guy who goes meet his future in-laws. Robert De Niro plays the father of the bride determined to make the visit difficult for the bumbling suitor. Diasters ensue. The Upside: Stiller's a funny guy. And come to think of it, so is De Niro. The Downside: We really can't think of any right now. We'll get back to you on that one.
Digimon: The Movie The Skinny: Another animated feature film based on a TV series about kids who fight evil with vaguely cute and cuddly evolving pet creatures a la Pokemon. The Upside: Kids aren't choosy. The Downside: Last time we checked, the kiddies aren't exactly trading and speculating Digimon cards like they did with the Pokemon ones.