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By Sarah L. Thomson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

A metaphysical mindbend; older teens and up.

Movie R 2004 65 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Ok for open-minded folks

I got this movie from the library and popped it in with my 8 and 6 year old since the movie is "unrated" and it is about metaphysics. We THOROUGHLY enjoyed it and was able to discuss the power of thought and intention with them. I think this movie is ok for open-minded kids who have already been exposed to things like meditation, etc. as my kids are. However, I was irritated that there is a brief nude/sex flashback during the film. We stopped the movie there because I was unsure of what would happen thereafter.
age 8+

Kids can see this!

This movie is okay for kids who are smart, open minded and patient. It's quite an eye-opening movie if you give it a chance.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This movie is a shifting, surreal jumble of images, opinions, speculations, facts, assertions, and beliefs. Questions are tossed at the viewer like popcorn jumping out of a pan: Who are we? What is real? The film can be rambling and at times a bit repetitive. It's not a documentary and doesn't try to be. As a bold statement of a new philosophy, it certainly has enough substance to catch your attention and make you think. Strange, intriguing, occasionally irritating, occasionally tedious, and occasionally astonishing.

This movie is not for everybody and certainly not for kids. Some teens will be bored by the slow pace and the philosophical musings. Some parents may feel that the sexual content (including a scene where Amanda remembers seeing her husband in bed with another woman) make this inappropriate for kids. Families with a conservative religious background might be bothered by the dismissal of institutional religion that some of the experts express. On the other hand, mature and thoughtful teens may be swept away by the film's exploration of heady and mystifying questions.

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