Parents' Guide to

Mr. Nobody

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Daring sci-fi with mature themes, sex, and violence.

Movie R 2009 141 minutes
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At first, this movie feels like it's trying too hard to be unclear; it feels disorienting and unwieldy and lost in a sea of artsy pretension. But then the dizziness turns into a kind of wonder not often experienced in the three-act factory-grade formulaic structures of the predictable Hollywood movie. The confusion is still there, but it lessens, and it's easy to get into the spirit of the thing. Mr. Nobody is a beautiful movie, with allusions to everything from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Solaris to even Harold and Maude, and with reflections on the nature of human memory that echo the very best novels of Vladimir Nabokov, on the themes of labyrinths and infinity explored in the work of Jorge Luis Borges, and a kind of magical realism that's as much Kafka as it is Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

It seems inevitable that a movie such as Mr. Nobody would be a cult favorite, and it's easy to see its stature increasing in the future in a way similar to how the mysteries-wrapped-in-enigmas of Twin Peaks have found so many new admirers since its first appearance. It's the kind of movie that will inspire debate about its different meanings, on the significance of this scene or the symbolism of that object. As well it should. It's a much-needed reminder of what film can be at its most audacious, daring, and challenging.

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