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The Last Mimzy

Two youngsters (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Chris O?Neil) find some strange objects they consider toys. Amongst them is an old stuffed bunny they call Mimzy. Yet when the siblings begin playing with the mysterious items, extraordinary things start to happen --like an increase in the children's intellectual abilities. The movie is based on a science fiction story by Lewis Padgett. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 90
Theater Release: 22 Mar 2007
Video Release: 09 Jul 2007
MPAA Rating: PG
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A mimzy? If it rings a bell, then perhaps you're a fan of Lewis Caroll. He uses the term in a nonsense poem within his classic novel Through the Looking Glass (although he spells it mimsy). In this movie, which plays upon the same idea of peeking into another world, Mimzy is a proper noun -- the name of a stuffed rabbit that washes ashore inside a very interesting container.

This encased bunny and many more very peculiar objects are found by Emma and Noah Wilder (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn and Chris O'Neil) while playing at their parents' beach house outside Seattle. Sensing their newfound treasures may be taken away if they show them to Mom (Joely Richardson), the siblings try to keep secret the floppy-eared toy, a glowing green rock and an assortment of other stones that spin weightlessly in the air.

However, it doesn't take a mother's intuition to begin detecting unexplained changes in the children. Over the following weeks Noah, who was struggling in school, begins creating a science fair project that is literally out of this world and drawing Tibetan mandalas (geometric designs). At the same time, little Emma is becoming obsessively attached to the stuffed rabbit, which she claims is speaking to her. Nor do these unusual behaviors go unnoticed elsewhere. Soon Noah's science teacher (Rainn Wilson) and his girlfriend Naomi (Kathryn Hahn) -- both followers of new age Tibetan religion -- are prodding Mom and Dad (Timothy Hutton) to investigate.

Yet the parents' efforts to intervene with their kid's fixation on the playthings are in vain. Contrary to their past behavior, the brother and sister are now cooperatively working together and taking instructions from the rabbit in the hopes of saving another generation from extinction. But as Emma and Noah attempt to solve the problem of the future, they begin interfering with the present -- and that alerts some hypersensitive authorities

As far as content goes, the greatest concern for young viewers will be the portrayal of some heavy-handed government agents who barge into the Wilder home and apprehend the family under the Patriot Act (any political statement this may make is likely intentional). Other scenes of characters in peril and the uses of a few mild profanities may also be of concern.

However, for older children, teens and adults, The Last Mimzy does provide an engaging sci-fi adventure story. Focusing on the relationship between the siblings (played marvelously by these young actors), the film addresses the serious topics of teamwork and recognizing the impact of today's decisions on tomorrow -- although a serious inspection of all the plot points is not advisable.

The Last Mimzy is rated PG: for some thematic elements, mild peril and language

Cast: Timothy Hutton, Chris O'Neil, Rainn Wilson, Joely Richardson
Studio: New Line Cinema

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