The Last Mimzy

Theatrical Release: March 23, 2007
The Last Mimzy
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Synopsis

Based on the acclaimed sci-fi short story by Lewis Padgett, ‘The Last Mimzy” tells the story of two children who discover a mysterious box that contains some strange devices they think are toys. As the children play with these “toys,” they begin to display higher and higher intelligence levels. Their teacher tells their parents that they seem to have grown beyond genius. Their parents, too, realize something extraordinary is happening. Emma, the younger of the two, tells her confused mother that one of the toys, a beat-up stuffed toy rabbit, is named Mimzy and that “she teaches me things.”

As Emma’s mom becomes increasingly concerned, a blackout shuts down the city and the government traces the source of the power surge to Emma’s family’s house. Things quickly spin wildly out of their control. The children are focused on these strange objects, Mimzy, and the important mission on which they seem to have been sent.

Dove Review

The story is quite convoluted. Several possibilities of where the children’s power originates from are explored. During the course of the film, a woman reads the kids’ palms, a teacher hypothesizes that it is Nepalese mystical powers, and at one point he and his fiancé are sure that it is astrologically or occult-related power. The child Noah draws a design which fits a Tibetan book of ancient drawings. The woman meditates in front of a Buddha with lit candles. The little girl Emma floats in the air in one scene, and there are a lot of powers displayed which would definitely be frightening for young kids. In addition, because of his powers, ten-year-old Noah drives a truck with his sister next to him, something which we wish the filmmakers had not included in the movie.

Since the origin of the power is not learned until near the end, and there are many frightening images and occult-like happenings and references Dove cannot approve this film for the family audience.

Content Description

Sex: A couple are living together; kissing.
Language: D-1; G/OMG-6; Su*ks-6; Scr*w-3
Violence: Emma is trapped near the end of the film by a certain power; the powers cause a black-out; they also scare the whole family at one point or another.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage; man seen from behind with not much on.
Other: Some childish name calling such as "wuss"; a character spits up hamburger; disobedience by Noah who removes Mimzy from the trash where his mother threw the rabbit because of her fear of its powers; Noah drives a truck and he's ten; palm reading and occult references; Emma floats; Emma is shaken in a bubble; Noah is used as an "engineer," or in other words, a medium for Emma.

Info

Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin and Toby Emmerich and James V. Hart and Carol Skilken
Director: Robert Shaye
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter