A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here, except perhaps warning humans not to meddle in the affairs of nature.
Positive Role Models
Loretta is depicted as groundbreaking genius; Amy is also depicted as being very smart. But ultimately their experiments lead to a kind of karmic downfall.
Positive representation of deaf character (Amy), played by a deaf actor. She has a few moments of self-doubt, as when she asks Danny whether he'd like her better if she could hear, but overall she's strong and capable. Her mother, also deaf, is played by deaf actor Marlee Matlin.
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Violence & Scariness
Gun shown. Car crash, with car going over cliff. Characters killed. Bloody wounds on face, blood on murder weapon. Choking/suffocating. Character dies via suicide (drowning). Nightmare about drowning. Fighting. Disposing of dead body. Characters suffer from strange attacks. Character watches news report of own funeral on web. Woman in peril while riding in car. Arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. One character removes another's top; pink bra shown. Another scene of a woman in a bra.
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Many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "dumbass," "goddamn," "hell," "crap," "screwing."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
College-age characters drink from a flask. One says "I think I'm drunk" and passes out (it's really a knockout drug). A character is said to be "off his meds." An adult is asleep on the couch, with a half-full wine glass and wine bottle nearby.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Multiverse is a sci-fi drama about four college students who contact another dimension and wind up paying for it. Originally titled Entangled, the movie plays less like a brainy sci-fi drama and more like a soapy YA story, with lots of romance, murder, and emoting. A gun is shown, characters are killed, and viewers see a dead body with a bloody face and a bloody murder weapon. There's also a fatal car crash, a character dying via suicide (drowning), choking/suffocating, fighting, arguing, and peril. Characters kiss, and a woman is seen in her bra. Language includes frequent uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "goddamn," and more. College-age characters drink from a flask (it contains a knockout drug), a character is said to be "off his meds," and an adult woman is seen sleeping on the couch with a half-drunk glass of wine and bottle nearby. On the upside, the movie offers a positive representation of a deaf character, who is authentically played by a deaf actor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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