Along Came a Spider

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

This sequel to KISS THE GIRLS brings Morgan Freeman back to the role of Washington D.C. psychologist/detective and author, Dr. Alex Cross. Eight months after the violent death of his partner in a botched undercover assignment, the kidnapping of a senators 12-year-old daughter from an exclusive school draws Cross out of retirement. Cross teams up with Secret Service agent Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), who was in charge of the schools security, to track the kidnapper. But the kidnapper seems to stay one step ahead as he seeks a place in the history books, just like the kidnappers of Charles Lindberghs infant, and time is running short as he plays cat-and-mouse with Cross. Based on the novels by James Patterson, this tense mystery thriller has a few surprising twists to keep audiences guessing along with Dr. Cross.

Although the film opens with the pursuit of a sexual predator who makes crude remarks and a violent car wreck that takes the life of Cross' partner, the film shows Cross to be more of a thinker than action oriented. Even in retirement, his hobby is building model sailing ships. And his opponent is equally adept at careful thought and planning as he takes two years to execute the kidnapping. There are a few violent deaths and, in one scene, gunshot threats to a young girl, but most of the film follows Cross as he threads together clues. Surprisingly, virtually no sexual content appears beyond the opening scene. Dr. Cross sets an excellent example for viewers as he respects others, including his opponent and never raises his voice or uses obscenities. Unfortunately, a few other characters express themselves with some obscenities. The senators wife also chews out an agent for his attitude toward Cross. If not for the offensive language and a few overly graphic wounds, ALONG CAME A SPIDER could be recommended.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 2, moderate 3

Obscene Language: Several (7) times - F-word 5, s-word 1, other 1

Profanity: Few (3) times - Regular 2 (GD, G); exclamatory 1 (OMG)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (violent car wreck, needle stuck in girls neck, choking, minor explosion & fire, graphic blood spurts from shootings, shooting head wound, electric shock, stabbing in leg, shotgun killing, threatening gunshots at young girl, non-graphic shooting)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (mans hand on womans leg, passionate kiss)

Drugs: Few times (cigarettes)

Other: Wife encourages man to forgive self for accidental death of partner, senators wife corrects agent for insult, boy gives agent knife to use on kidnapper, man comments about burning parents in their house, man says either born with talent or learn to be good at something - be good at what you are

Running Time: 104 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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