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A World Without

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Naïve teens unknowingly join cult; language, violence.

Movie NR 2021 107 minutes
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A World Without loses the plot so often, presenting so many illogical and absurd developments, that the movie wrestles itself into laughable absurdity despite a promising set up. Clearly no one involved with the script thought this through. The Light is trying to save the planet, creating solid married couples dedicated to quick procreation and promotion of the Light's cosmically responsible message. So why is the Light's main business a cosmetics company? An obsession with superficial beauty is the way to heal the planet? Yes, 20 percent of the profits go to charity, but how does plowing resources and efforts into a makeup firm represent doing good in a devastated world? Media manipulation plays a role. A teen is tapped to follow the leader around with her video camera for a puff documentary. The more the girl sees, the more she suspects something fishy. The secret method for matching teens with their "guaranteed" soulmates is rickety, an arbitrary two-minute decision made by a small clueless committee.

Nothing here remotely represents the way humans feel or behave. A girl is devastated to learn her husband loves another and moments later, in a major emotional disconnect, is gleeful that she's pregnant by him. A wealthy donor asks Ali to find a bride for his handsome son, who is not a member of the cult. The son seems thrilled. Why can't a rich young man who looks like a movie star find his own wife? And instead of having sex with his wife, he arranges for her to be raped? What does a wealthy donor get out of supporting the cult? Perhaps a sequel will reveal all.

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