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What the "Bleep" Do We Know? (2004)

Cast: Marlee Matlin, Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, more...
Director: Mark Vicente, Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Fantasy
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Part narrative, part documentary, and part animation, What the #$*! Do We Know?! was filmed with the intent of expressing the neurological processes and so called "quantum uncertainty" of life. With the help of a directorial triumvirate consisting of Betsy Chasse, William Arntz, and Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin stars as Amanda, whose uninspired daily routine is abruptly altered into a chaotic, Alice in Wonderland-style reality, complete with quirky characters and wildly different perspectives on life. As Amanda falls deeper into the experience, she's forced to drastically reconsider her perceptions of interpersonal relationships, men, and the fundamental principles of life. What the #$*! Do We Know?! is supplemented by a host of mystics and scientists, who are interviewed intermittently throughout the film for their wisdom and knowledge concerning religion, science, the thin line between them, and the consequences of blurring that line. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

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Kindergarten Spirituality by Bean October 13, 2005 - 2:20 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Spiritual themes in cinema is nothing new, although the makers behind this film gush about synchronicity, past lives, and the mysterious connectiveness of life like they invented it. The result is a dumbed down bubble gum version of what indigenous cultures have been talking about all along. If you want depth, wisdom and emotional resonance from a movie that deals with the cosmic meaning of life, do not rent this film. You can get more enlightenment in your pinky fingernail than here.

Starbux Yuppie Commercialized Spirituality in a Can by nerdgir1 April 1, 2005 - 3:54 PM PST
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
The film is part documentary part illustrative example storyline. It presents the idea that we create our reality and uses quantum physics as well as neurobiology to back up these claims. I think the movie is worth a watch if you are interested in the whole meaning of life concept just because it offers some interesting things to think about, even if you have already thought about them. Definitely not a waste of time, but the movie tends to drag on a bit as the self help gurus become ever repetitive and the main character is so stiff and awkward so as not to really be appealing, at least not to anyone in my generation.

My parents, baby boomers who take yoga classes and read books about zen, recommended this movie. I love my parents. I am, however, of a completely different generation and mindset. I prefer films like this to not be so cushy, warm, fuzzy, and comfortable. I long for bone rattling earth shattering revelations that keep you up at night pondering the disturbing images they present. In particular the interviewee who talked about "creating his day" truly illustrates the control freakishness hypocrisy of the preachy self help movement. No doubt it's uptight yuppies like him that complain when their skinny double tall latte has too much foam and have to use techniques like these to calm down, because they are so invested in the material world.

The other criticism I have about this movie is the lack of ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. The only non-white character in the story portion of the film is an overly confident Morpheus Jr. who plays basketball. In the interview segement there is an Indian professor. The lack of viable perspective however truly illustrates the intended audience.

Finally, there was a brief discussion on the notion of love, that I found to really miss the mark. It basically was defined as an addictive behavior that was only triggered by neural pathways carved into our brains based on past experiences. I don't think any of these people has ever really been in love before. Ha!

The cinematography was excellent and a lot of fun to watch. The 3-d animation, while fairly cliche and clunky, did an effective job of illustrating the concepts presented. And finally, the segment about the photographer who took pictures of water molecules that were affected by different words was really really really COOL.

Overall I would say this movie is a great springboard for jumping into other topics, or for showing friends of yours who are a bit more mainstream and have not really thought about these things. For those of us who don't check their email on ibooks at starbux while rawkin out to our ipods, however, this movie may leave a slightly bitter aftertaste.

A Bleeping Bad Time by talltale March 25, 2005 - 8:35 PM PST
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
A walking, talking self-help book come to the big screen (and now to dvd), WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!? is too much. Way too much. As I watched it unfold (unravel?), I was particularly taken with the fact that all these supposed scientists seemed more like bad actors pretending to be scientists. Then there's the rest of the cast: actors pretending to be people. And everyone pretending to be intelligent. Imagine my surprise at film's end when all the pseudo-scientists turn out to be the real--though bizarre--thing.

Along the way there are a few pungent sentences: one that proclaims that no human being is smart enough to understand the concept of God (hear, hear!) and other ideas that flit around from time to time, indicating that we all should do more observing of ourselves and life, rather than forming judgments and opinions so fast. But you probably knew this already, right? Which brings us to the real problem with this strange movie: If you have spent even a few minutes thinking about your/our place in the universe, you'll probably have covered most of what is on view here.

I also suspect that much of the "quantum mechanics/physics" being explained would not pass muster among many scientists (even those shown here seem to contradict each other). This little independent movie made some money in the heartland and elsewhere, so clearly there is a market for this kind of faux documentary/cartoon/live-action-dramedy. But, as you are watching--for a REALLY good time--imagine what Christopher Guest might have done with it!

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