Parents' Guide to

Multiverse

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Soapy, illogical teen sci-fi drama has violence, swearing.

Movie R 2021 91 minutes
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Quickly jettisoning its cosmic setup for a YA-style romance/murder/tragedy with soap opera-style emoting, this sci-fi dud hangs everything on its thin characters and even thinner storytelling. Multiverse, which was originally titled Entangled, continually skips logic in favor of cornball pathos. The biggest issue when Loretta first returns isn't so much how, why, or what she's going to do next, but the fact that (gasp!) Danny has started dating Amy in Loretta's absence. And the second Gerry arrives like a full-fledged murderous psychopath, with steely eyes and line delivery like a third-rate Hannibal Lecter. (How was he friends with anyone back in his own world?) Not to mention that Danny and Gerry look an awful lot alike; when their doubles arrive, it's easy to get confused.

The movie does get points for casting deaf actor Sandra Mae Frank as Amy; for her other-dimensional hearing counterpart, the filmmakers dubbed her voice with another actor. But the encounter between the two Amys is ridiculous and comes to nothing. Casting Oscar winner Marlee Matlin as Amy's mother also comes to nothing; all she does is reminisce over her dead husband and notice that the second Amy doesn't seem quite right. The only "visual" touch is the tattoos (reading "entangled") that the new versions of the characters all have to help distinguish them from the originals. If Multiverse had been able to handle its soapy drama with any kind of maturity or potency, it might have been fine for it to abandon logic. But as is, it's one to avoid.

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