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Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts that highlight repeatedly recycled film topics. I’ll post a link to these within some of my reviews in order to save words and keep from driving myself crazy writing the same thing over and over.

The more I think about this one, the more I think of more films that follow this rule. If the female lead is wearing layers, check to see if there’s a white t-shirt or tank top as the base. If she does, those layers will slowly disappear. By the end of the film, she’ll be one pitcher of beer away from a wet t-shirt contest. Sexist? Obviously. I call it the Lara Croft Rule only because Lara’s base layer is so renowned. Examples? How about “Career Opportunities,” “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” “Twister,” and “Uncharted?” Can you think of more?

It’s been 21 years since “Twister” (1996) came out and it is amazing how dated the special effects are. With all the computer-generated crap flying at the screen, it is like watching one of today’s bad 3-D movies. And I really liked this movie when it came out. It’s a big sloppy mess of a tornado-chasing action flick, with added bonuses of Helen Hunt in a tank top, Van Halen on the soundtrack and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scenery-chewing supporting role. And I am a big fan of master storm hunter Bill Paxton (he doesn’t make a bad movie).