Picks and Pans Main: Screen

updated 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

It's hardly the worst thing about Run, but the film is full of crotch-kicking scenes, some even played for a perverse comic effect. Not to dwell on the old castration complex, but isn't this sort of thing being overdone these days? Even Home Alone, a film designed for children, resorts to groin violence and uses—as a laugh line—a man's threat to cut off a little boy's testicles. Beyond the real chance kids will start thinking kicking a boy in the crotch is just a routine bit of horseplay, there is something particularly dumb and vile—not to mention Three Stooges-like—in acting as if a vicious streetfighting tactic is merely something for an audience to get an amused gasp out of. What's next, a big run on breast-twisting?

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