Last Mimzy, The
PG
Entertainment: +1
Acceptability: -3

Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson, Rainn Wilson. Sci-fi adventure. Directed by Bob Shaye.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Two children discover a mysterious box that contains strange devices they think are toys. As the children play with these toys, they begin to display higher and higher intelligence levels. The little girl tells her mother that the beat-up stuffed rabbit, named Mimzy, teaches me things. Mimzy, it turns out, has a serious message for all of mankind. The stuffed animal has been sent from the future to help us now and to gain something that will help mankind in the future.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Some films use Eastern or New Age philosophies as mere fantasy, while others seem to incorporate those concepts as part of an agenda. It seems that is the case with The Last Mimzy, an E.T.-like adventure that bombards both the kids in the film as well as those watching it, with metaphysical beliefs, including reincarnation, palm reading, transcendental meditation, telekinesis and levitation. These didnt seem mere props to further a kids fantasy, but rather a part of the writers own pursuit of spiritual truth. If that is not the case, the inclusion of those concepts is no less alarming.

Now heres the territory that usually generates a smirk from those who consider the inclusion of such themes into childrens films as harmless. For me to say we need to be on guard concerning what Hollywood stuffs into the minds of little ones is often ridiculed by those who think they are more open-minded to such thematic tools. Well, I dont suggest that your little ones will suddenly become pod people upon viewing a film about mind reading or levitation. I do pay attention, however, to biblical passages that suggest what we should put in our heads and what we shouldnt.

Although the Bible doesn't deal with these topics specifically, because they are relatively new terms, the ideas are certainly mentioned and forbidden. As Moses was relating the law to Israel, he told them to stay away from those with "familiar spirits" Lev 19:31. It is also stated that "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft" I Sam 15:23.

If biblical principles are a part of your childrens upbringing, then they will be able to reject false or misleading movie messages. But there also comes a time when we should refuse to support movies that dismiss biblical truths. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:11).

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: New Line Cinema

Summary
Crude Language: Some colloquialisms such as school sucks now common in teen and preteen films seem harsh and disconcerting here.
Obscene Language: One minor expletive (damn).
Profanity: Two uses of the expression Oh my God.
Violence: There are several action scenes involving the kids these scenes may frighten little ones; armed FBI agents break into a home, under the rights of home land security; they are carrying weapons and take hold of all the family members it is a jolting scene even for adults; the little girl gets her hand caught in a vortex that leads to another dimension.
Sexual Intercourse: An unmarried couple live together and are seen in bed
Nudity: We see a couple from the future walk off into a blinding light. They appear to be nude, though nothing is distinguishable.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Mainly the film receives its rating for thematic elements and mild peril.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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