Parents' Guide to

The Congress

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Haunting animation flawed but asks big questions on reality.

Movie NR 2014 122 minutes
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The Congress is visionary and ambitious, and it boldly attempts to address big ideas, including the metastasizing power of mega-corporations, which are gaining more influence over everyday life. Director Ari Folman's animated sequences are a beautiful trippy dream, ephemeral and potent at the same time, with mind-blowing ideas about individualism, commercialism, and capitalism.

But it's also a bit of a jumble. While the images are bar-none beautiful, the script is preachy and heavy-handed. Over-arching epiphanies are lofted above basic filmmaking tenets like pacing and dialogue. The movie's messages about ruthless big business are important, but when they're dished out the way they are here -- which is to say with blunt force -- it feels exhausting despite being interesting. Thank goodness for Wright, with her nuanced expressiveness and admirable authenticity. If not for her, The Congress wouldn't be as watchable.

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