Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 21, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Mimzy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Chris O'Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson
director
Robert Shaye
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Toby Emmerich, Bruce Joel Rubin
genre
Kids and Family, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

A thingy from the future — part toy, part New Agey objet — falls to earth, and the siblings (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn and Chris O’Neil) who discover it hide the alien marvel, E.T.-style, from their parents (Timothy Hutton and Joely Richardson). The Last Mimzy, a pleasantly dorky adaptation of Lewis Padgett’s 1943 sci-fi story directed by New Line honcho Bob Shaye, bobbles its topicality (Homeland Security has no business here) and its clunky product placement (rah-rah Intel!). But the newcomer kids are delightfully…kidlike. Cosmic bonus: The Office‘s Rainn Wilson plays a New Agey science teacher. B

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