The Last Mimzy

  • Review Date: July 8, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Quirky sci-fi adventure best for fantasy lovers.
  • Review Date: July 8, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 94 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Parents learn that if their children exhibit odd, telekinetic behavior, it's best not to delay seeking professional help.

Positive role models

Siblings help each other with a mission no one else understands. A father asks for a leave of absence from work to tend to his family in crisis

Violence & scariness

Some disturbing images: FBI agents storm into the Wilder home and take the entire family into custody; Emma "atomizes" her hand and face and then shakes. Mimzy whispers in an eerie buzz, and some close-ups of the stuffed animal and the other mysterious toys are downright creepy. Emma is in danger during an important scene.

Sexy stuff

Mom and dad kiss hello and goodbye. Larry is shown getting out of bed in a T-shirt and briefs; he and his fiancee Naomi kiss, and then she makes an innuendo-filled comment: "Is this what we're doing now?"

Language

Minor words: Noah says "sucks" several times.

Consumerism

Heavily featured product placements: The parents drive a Subaru Outback and Mercedes sedan; Noah makes a Sprite can move with his mind; the "Intel" logo is pivotal to the film's resolution; iMacs, iPods, Sony plasma TVs, video games, and more all get screen time.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite its whimsical title, this fantasy adventure incorporates many sci-fi elements that may frighten sensitive children. It's unclear whether the mysterious toys the children find are alien, from the past or future, good or evil. Mimzy (a talking stuffed rabbit) speaks in a buzzing whisper that only Emma can hear, and the toy's many close-ups border on the menacing: Just what does the white rabbit want? FBI agents bust in the family's door and take everyone into custody under the laws of the Patriot Act. The young protagonists speak telepathically with each other and the Mimzy. Ultimately it's a harmless fantasy, but some scenes featuring the strange devices can be creepy, even for adults.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Kids will like the premise of indie sci-fi movie THE LAST MIMZY: Ten-year-old Noah Wilder and his younger sister Emma discover a mysterious box off the shore of their beach house -- inside are strange toys that make the kids telekinetic, hyper-intelligent, and able to communicate with an old stuffed rabbit. What child wouldn't want such a cool adventure? But with great, alien-like toys come great problems. Noah (Chris O'Neil) accidentally causes a major power outage that, in the age of Homeland Security, is perceived as a terrorist attack. Emma (the doe-eyed Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) not only communes with Mimzy (the rabbit), but she learns from him and calls him her teacher. Some of his teachings include how to levitate, atomize her body parts, and thoroughly freak out her babysitter and parents -- clueless overworked dad David (Timothy Hutton) and understandably alarmed mom Jo (Joely Richardson). Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) co-stars as Noah's Zenned-out science teacher, Larry, who, along with his New Agey fiancée Naomi (Kathryn Hahn), applies understanding of Southeast Asian beliefs to convince the Wilders that their kids aren't just gifted: They're borderline superhuman. When David and Jo finally believe (the kids act like they're under a G-rated possession), the FBI swoops in and places the whole family in a testing facility. Just what the Wilder children are destined to do with their supernatural-seeming toys involves facilitating a wormhole for a weak Mimzy to travel through.

Is it any good?

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While The Last Mimzy may seem kind of hokey -- and even frightening -- to some adults, elementary-school kids are likely to be enchanted. Just remember, parents: If your kids go from precocious to off-the-charts geniuses overnight, take an immediate trip to the neurologist. ...

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's many fantasy elements. How is it similar to or different from other sci-fi and fantasy movies?

  • How do you feel about the idea of toys having a strange effect on kids?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 22, 2007
DVD release date:July 10, 2007
Cast:Chris O'Neil, Joely Richardson, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn
Director:Robert Shaye
Studio:New Line
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Book characters
Run time:94 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some thematic elements, mild peril and language.

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Surprisingly scary but fabulous!

I watched this with a 6,8 and 11 year old. What makes it scary is how believable the story/special effects are, as well as the emotional attachments to the toys from the future. One isn't quite sure whether these toys, which are magical and endearing, aren't really evil- especially as the kids are "controlled" by them and keep their parents in the dark. My kids (all 3) were afraid the children would be abducted and that the world of the future would kill them. There is one very very scary depiction of an alien which my 8 year old woke up terrified with. We did all love the story, and how we were truly transported from the everyday of school/ today's technology to the potential of future technology- and the lesson about the importance of keeping humanity alive. The one pathetic product placement was Intel, I must say!

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