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Last Mimzy, The

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Mostly engaging science-fiction fantasy about a young brother and sister (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) who find a mysterious box filled with strange objects (including the titular toy rabbit) sent from the future that gradually sets them on a path that will save humanity, while their parents (Joely Richardson and Timothy Hutton) and science teacher (Rainn Wilson) marvel at the kids' newly found intelligence as well as the strange cosmic happenings that start to occur. New Line Cinema founder Bob Shaye returns to his filmmaking roots for the first time since 1990 and proves a capable director, though the narrative -- adapted from Lewis Padgett's short story -- is an odd blend of New Age mysticism and Eastern mumbo jumbo -- albeit with an admirable pro-environment message -- but will hold the interest of kids and even their parents. A single use of a crude word, some mildly crass expressions, mild innuendo and an implied premarital situation. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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