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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This science-fiction story is fascinated by various ideas about eyes containing part of the human soul, and, on the other side, the idea that if eyes evolved throughout creation, then it proves the non-existence of God. Though the movie certainly doesn't prove anything one way or another, it could open up some metaphysical, spiritual, and supernatural discussions.
Positive Role Models
Though role models aren't the point of this story, the main character is a scientist driven to find answers, though he still takes time to acknowledge his loved ones. The movie depicts some fairly healthy and strong romantic relationships.
Violence & Scariness
A character is sliced in half by a broken elevator. Most of this takes place off camera, but blood is shown, and a dead body is shown. A character gets formaldehyde splashed in his eyes. A character gets angry and trashes his apartment, throwing furniture and objects around. A character injects himself with a needle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman seduces a man and has sex with him on a toilet; no nudity is shown, and the act is over fairly quickly. Later, they become a couple and are shown kissing and having sex on other occasions. A woman is shown topless. A man masturbates to a video on his computer (the sensitive material is kept below the frame). His girlfriend catches him but asks him not to stop; she wants to know what turns him on. The main character has two partners, but only because the first one passes away.
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Language isn't frequent but includes more than one use of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and "piss." A middle finger gesture is shown.
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Products & Purchases
Mentos candies are mentioned by name and become a thematic device. Ben & Jerry's "Chunky Monkey" ice cream is shown. Lancome perfume is shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes at a party. The main character smokes several cigarettes. Characters are shown drinking at a bar and drinking beer casually. A lab partner drinks a little too much vodka. He's shown drinking, and another character remarks that he "stinks of vodka."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Origins is a science-fiction romance that raises some fairly heady spiritual, supernatural, and metaphysical ideas, though it does so in a simple, heartfelt way. A character dies in a fairly gruesome way, and some blood is shown, though much of the gore is kept off screen. Formaldehyde is accidentally splashed in a character's eyes, and characters get angry and throw fits. Couples kiss and have sex, and there's a brief scene of female toplessness. Language isn't frequent but does include more than one use of "f--k" and "s--t." A main character smokes cigarettes, and characters drink on several occasions. One supporting character is called on his excessive vodka drinking. Some brand names (Mentos candy, Lancome perfume, etc.) are mentioned and become thematic devices. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
I ORIGINS is a bit too long and repetitive and a little too generous with its eye-related imagery. Director Mike Cahill made his feature debut with Another Earth (2011), which was written by the brilliant, talented Marling. And while she appears here in a supporting actor capacity, it appears that Cahill may do better under more robust guidance from her. Cahill seems to be playing coy with all these eye references, but they aren't subtle enough to really surprise or challenge.
The movie is more romantic than scientific, and it seems eager to accept a supernatural solution when it should place that burden in the audience's hands. Yet, these days, any sci-fi movie with the barest hint of a science-related idea is a welcome rarity. And above all, I ORIGINS is certainly thoughtful and deeply heartfelt, and it could be hard for dreamers and romantics not to get swept up in the love story. For many viewers, it will be a satisfying experience.
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