THE LAST MIMZY
Tainted Family Sci-Fi
Starring: Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Rainn
Wilson, Joely Richardson,
Megan McKinnon, Marc Thomas
Musso, Kirsten Williamson,
Timothy Hutton, Michael Clarke
Duncan, Kathryn Hahn, and
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Robert Shaye
Executive Producer: Family Sci-Fi **
Producer: Michael Phillips
Writer: James V Hart, Jim Kouf, Toby
Emmerich, Lewis Padgett, and
Bruce Joel Rubin
Address Comments To:Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
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The movie opens with a desperate scientist somewhere in the future sending “the last mimzy” back in time with the hope it will return with the pure genetic code necessary to save human life. The Mimzy (a stuffed bunny rabbit with futuristic Intel chips inside) is found in a time capsule by a little girl, Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn), and her brother, Jo (Joely Richardson), while spending time at the family’s vacation home. With the help of the contents of the Mimzy’s time capsule, Jo goes from C- student to scientific genius.
Sadly, the movie veers from its science fiction roots and ventures into mysticism. After playing with the objects in Mimzy’s time capsule, Jo is inspired to draw mystic carpet patterns that exactly match drawings of the universe done by Tibetan monks centuries before. Palm readings of Emma’s hand reveal her to contain a remarkably pure genetic code – just what Mimzy was sent back in time to locate. Like in ET, the screenwriters imply that Mimzy is dying and needs to get home quickly, but, unlike ET, they fail to develop Mimzy into a character about whom you care. Mimzy comes across as a lifeless stuffed animal that hums.
It is not as if the makers of THE LAST MIMZY are out to get elementary schoolchildren into palm reading and Tibetan mysticism. It appears these are just plot devices to heighten the movie's sense of mystery. To most people, palm reading and strange drawings from Tibet are mysterious, but Christians are strongly warned in the Bible against activities like palm reading. Furthermore, the answers to the mysteries of the universe do not come from Tibet but from the Word of God: the Bible. Thus, it is easier not to take little children to THE LAST MIMZY than it is to explain to them the dangers of mysticism and palm reading.
When making “family” movies, it would be wise to consider what elements in your script may offend large numbers of the people you hope will buy tickets. While little children may not be offended by palm reading, their parents are the ones who buy the tickets. There is a much larger Christian audience out there than there is an audience of mystics.
THE LAST MIMZY contains one use of the "d" word and nine references to what a vacuum cleaner does. There is no sex, violence or nudity. This could have been a good family movie without the mysticism and if the scriptwriters could have managed to make Mimzy more lovable.
It is not as if the makers of THE LAST MIMZY are out to seduce schoolchildren into palm reading and mysticism. These appear to be just plot devices to heighten the sense of mystery. To most people, palm reading and strange drawings from Tibet are mysterious, but Christians are strongly warned in the Bible against activities like palm reading. Of course, the answers to the mysteries of the universe do not come from Tibet but from the Word of God: the Bible. It’s easier not to take little children to THE LAST MIMZY than it is to explain to them the dangers of mysticism and palm reading.