"The Perfect Storm" is the perfect movie to go to if you want to be entertained, or if you really have a deep-seated need to watch headless, 400-pound swordfish get stuffed with ice.Despite having had about five years to get used to watching movies past 11 PM, I'm still not terribly good at it, and that could be a pretty decent reason I wasn't too impressed with "The Perfect Storm." There are other possibilities, like the weatherman. Enough already after the first time. We all KNOW the storms are going to collide, but getting a background on how exactly that happens is a good idea. I really didn't need to see quite that many fish gutted, decapitated, and filled with ice chips, and going to see this movie with a fellow vegetarian meant that the dock scenes and boat scenes were filled with rolled eyes and exclamations of ickiness. George Clooney had quite the character to play. The last time he teamed up with Mark Wahlberg was the fabulous "Three Kings" and they played similar roles here. Rogue leader takes crew into dangerous circumstances. Two crewmen don't get along. One has a lovely young wife/girlfriend...etc. It was pretty formulaic, but that didn't keep the waves onscreen from taking my breath away and making me seriously consider never going within 200 miles of the Atlantic in October. I did end up crying at the end. (This to me means that someone did a good job. I cared enough to cry.) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio did a splendiferous job playing a talented captain... and how on earth did the directors manage to make every single extremely attractive actor/actress on set look like regular Gloucester folk? Wahlberg and Clooney's scruffiness made sense. How refreshing that the fishermen never looked like actors, they looked like men who had calloused hands and strong back muscles, who can't cook worth a damn and who manage to make a living without looking like movie stars. There were even...gasp!...slightly overweight women in featured roles! Two of them! A sigh of relief from all of us non-stick figures out there. If you don't catch "The Perfect Storm" in the theaters, don't bother unless you have a really kick-ass entertainment system at home...as in, you have a movie theater in your house with digital surround and Bose subwoofers. The stormy Atlantic was breathtaking and deserves better than a 27-inch screen and standard-equipment speakers.Overall, a decent movie with typecast yet well-played roles.