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The Mimic

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark, unkind psychiatric comedy has drugs, smoking.

Movie NR 2021 81 minutes
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age 18+


This teaches kids a BAD lesson!!!

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This true story might be fascinating if it wasn't so mean-spirited. Some critics may assess the film on its witty repartee, but that's a distraction. Something much darker is afoot -- and it's something that teens are likely to be more sensitive to than adults. Thomas F. Mazziotti's film explores people's curiosity about others' adeptness (or lack thereof) at social interactions in a WebMD world. What if someone did get out a medical textbook and start measuring another person's behavioral traits -- like how long they hold eye contact -- to try to diagnose them? The problem, though, is that Mazziotti makes a point of saying that everything that happens here is real. In interviews and press materials, he said that The Kid is based on a real person in his neighborhood, that the famous actors in cameos are their real neighbors, and that the shooting location is their real community. That twists this "quirky comedy" into something grotesque. It's like a high-society form of bullying.

That bullying extends to Mazziotti's misogynistic views, which creep into the film. The Narrator surrounds himself with women, all of whom he makes snarky and condescending remarks about in one way or another. He judges women's value on age and beauty, including trying to figure out how The Kid could possibly have a wife so beautiful (he believes she'd be better off with The Narrator himself). The light does eventually get pointed on The Narrator: Is he a sociopath? But the film misses the opportunity to point out how easily many people label others behind their backs -- personality disorders are weaponized as insults. Also missing is anyone listed in the credits with a Dr. in front of their name or even an MFT behind it. Instead, the complete diagnostic text seems to be The Narrator's interpretation of the 2005 nonfiction book The Sociopath Next Door, which is referenced several times. The film does end on a happy note with a positive yet cloudy epiphany. But the lack of resolution only muddles the very subject it attempted to shed light on.

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