RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
And in Hollywood, Will Smith is just about as close as you get to a sure thing. His movies consistently open to strong ticket sales. This long holiday weekend, he has a superhero flick, "Hancock." Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan says this new star vehicle is a challenge, even for Will Smith.
KENNETH TURAN: Things might have gone on like this forever for Hancock - after all, who knows how long a superhero's liver can hold out - if he hadn't one day saved the life of a public-relations man who wants to change his image. Soon, our hero is acting like the soul of politeness.
(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "HANCOCK")
MONTAGNE: (As Hancock) Good job. Do I have permission to touch your body?
TURAN: (As character) Yes.
MONTAGNE: It's not sexual, not that you're not an attractive woman. You're actually a very attractive woman, and...
TURAN: (As character) Get me the hell out of here.
TURAN: It has to be emphasized that though the film's trailers carefully hide it, Hancock has a blisteringly profane tongue. How diatribes that would make a stevedore blush got a PG-13 rating is a question for another day.
MONTAGNE: The movie is "Hancock." Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times. This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.
ARI SHAPIRO, Host:
And I'm Ari Shapiro.
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