POWDER is the quintessential New Age movie. Jeremy Reed is purportedly the next step in the evolution of man towards cosmic oneness. Jeremy was born sparkling white after his mother was hit and killed by lightning. After his grandfather dies, Jeremy is discovered hiding in a basement by a teacher named Jessie. He is surrounded by books and can quote them verbatim. Jessie takes POWDER to her school, where the teenagers are less than friendly. In dealing with their taunts, Jeremy displays some of his psychic abilities. Also, Jeremy knows what they are thinking. The academic community wants to use him for a research. After several fights, electrical pyrotechnics and explanatory dialogue, Jeremy goes back to the farm, runs into a field, gets hit by lightening, and becomes one with the universe.
Most discerning moviegoers will abhor POWDER. Not only is it a New Age diatribe, but it also has weak direction. Jeff Goldblum seems to have no direction at all. Mary Steenburgen’s fine acting talents are wasted. Even Jeremy, who is supposed to be the future of mankind, walks as if he is suffering from some extreme form of palsy. It is a poorly written, poorly directed story, that has little or no grasp of the Truth.
(NANANA, LLL, NN, S, NA, M) New Age worldview complete with instruction on monism, polytheism & esoteric concepts in modern scientific language; 18 obscenities & 18 profanities; extreme violence including lightening hitting woman, boy and man, electrical arching, electrical explosions, threats of violence, guns pointed, beatings, & intimidation; partial & full male nudity; kissing & implied homosexuality; and, many psychic phenomena including mind reading & psycokinesis