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(2007), PG [PG*] (1hr 28min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Line Cinema, Michael Phillips Productions
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema
Director(s): Robert Shaye
Producer(s): Justis Greene, Michael Phillips, Sara Risher, Robert Shaye, Jonna Smith
Screenplay by: Bruce Joel Rubin, Toby Emmerich
Screen Story by: James V. Hart, Carol Skilken
Short Story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by: Lewis Padgett
Cinematography/Camera: J. Michael Muro
Music: Howard Shore
Film Editing: Alan Heim
Casting: Susan Taylor Brouse, Margery Simkin
Production Design: Barry Chusid
Art Direction: Ross Dempster
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
I offer you the same caveat (edited) I sent out to our distribution regarding our analysis of this film.
"I am so sorry but I will not be able to get analyses of The Last Mimzy, Meet the Robinsons, Blades of Glory and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to you for a few more days. I have viewed the films but the time required to travel to and from and view a film is only about 20% of the total time to build and post a report. [...] I am especially sorry about not getting our analysis of the PG-rated *The Last Mimzy* to you [earlier, viewed two weeks ago,] since it contains not only nine uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, twice by an adolescent, it contains one use of God's name in vain WITH the four letter expletive. Plus cohabitation. Plus a man kissing a woman's chest. Plus a man and a woman in bed together ... repeatedly. Plus "Adam & Eve" nudity. Plus ... And it is PG."
That is a rather succinct nutshell description. But add a little New Age gaia-wiccan mumbo-jumbo.
Based on Lewis Padgett's 1943 book "Mimsy Were the Borogoves", the Seattle job David Wilder (Timothy Hutton) has is forever delaying that much needed vacation with his family, wife Jo (Joely Richardson), 10 year old son Noah (Chris O'Neil) and younger daughter Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn). David and family are packed and ready to go ... then work calls. Another delay. David decides to send them on their way and he would meet them later Finally, a break in work lets dad join his family already at the beach house.
Meanwhile in the surf, Noah and Emma find a small alien-looking box. Bringing it ashore, they find it contains a number of what appear to be toys. One was a rectangular shard of crystalline material that looked like a slab of slate to mom. But another was a stuffed bunny ... that spoke to Emma. A little girl of over one hundred years ago, Alice Liddell, had one, too. Maybe they are both the same bunny since this bunny is a device -- a mimzy -- that is sent into the past to rescue the future since "The soul of our planet became sick." Gaiaism anyone? Maybe wiccanism?
Noah and Emma sneaked to keep the "toys" secret from their parents. Soon, the children began showing signs of advanced intellect and abilities which were, of course, relatively unnoticed by mom and dad. Noah's science teacher, New Ager Larry White (Rainn Wilson) is the first to quantify the changes in Noah. So impressed is White with Noah's scientific and technical advancement that White enlists the aid of his palmist live-in girlfriend Naomi Schwartz (Kathryn Hahn). Together, they determine they have bit off more than they can chew.
In one of Noah's activities, he causes an electrical blackout of most of the northwestern seaboard. This brings in Homeland Security ... with force. So much force they burst into the Wilder home to take Noah and Emma in for questioning under the National Security Act. The gentle giant, Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile) heads the home invasion forces as Nathanial Broadman -- a fitting last name for Clarke.
While this film clearly delves into the supernatural with science, it presents some quite beautifully creative light displays and other matters of child-attractive cinematography and storytelling. It might also, figuratively speaking, create previously missing pieces of a fantasy life puzzle, i.e., dissonance. But then, the anti-Christ will be a very "beautiful" man, seemingly with all the answers to life's puzzles.
Below are discussions of content by investigation area. But as usual, rely on the Findings/Scoring section for the most comprehensive accounting of the content available.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
The only items of violence/crime noted in *The Last Mimzy* were the home invasion by Homeland Security and 10-year old Noah driving a utility van on public streets.
While there was only one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8], there are instances of cheating [2Tim. 2:5], a teacher using inappropriate terms in a public school classroom then telling the kids not to tell their parents [Luke 17:2], adolescent arrogance at parents [Gal. 4:2, Eph. 6:1 - 3] and abrasive parental control techniques. [Matt. 18:10, Matt. 25:40] Other issues of impudence and/or hate found are noted in the Findings/Scoring section.
Sexual Immorality (S)
Clearly inappropriate for the PG crowd (actually for any entertainment crowd) are repeated instances of a man and a woman in bed. David and Jo Wilder might be married in the movie but Hutton and Richardson are not. At any rate, what a husband and his wife do in bed is their own business and not for public dissemination through entertainment. White kisses Schwartz' chest as they live together in cohabitation and appears in underwear. And at the end of the show is an animation of "Adam and Eve" nude. [Mark 7:21, Gal. 5:19, 1Ths. 4:1-5]
There were no illegal drugs, alcohol, smoking or abuse of prescription drugs noted.
Offense to God (O)
This investigation area found content which caused the most loss of points. God's name is used in vain nine times without the four letter expletive, twice by an adolescent. Numerous examples of unholy, unnatural powers created by "science" are wielded by the children. This is not so much a matter of "evil magic" as it is setting children up for suffering dissonance created by portraying such powers in and as entertainment. [Luke 17:2] From our analysis of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, our Director - Child Psychology Support, a practicing clinical psychologist and licensed school counselor, puts the matter rather succinctly: "Kids who revere Harry [unholy, unnatural powers] can't help to notice their own impotence by comparison, and yearn for the antidote that having 'magical powers' would provide." Such dissonance can cause and has caused children to not only have unclean thoughts but to dabble and experiment with dark evil matters.
But the most personally offensive content in this PG film was the single and supremely arrogant use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive. However, that I find such disrespect of our Lord offensive is immaterial and inconsequential. That God finds it offensive is quite significant. [Deut. 5:11]
There were no murders or suicides noted in the entire 98-minute film.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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