The Future

2011

Drama / Fantasy / Romance

106
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 8,116

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Angela Trimbur as Dance Studio Receptionist
Isabella Acres as Gabriella
Miranda July as Sophie / Voice of Paw-Paw
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Rob_Taylor 1 / 10 / 10

Pretentious, unwatchable drivel

So, I need to stop watching these so-called "art" films. They inevitably make me hate them, no matter what the supposed subject materiel is. This, I think is why I have a problem with them: They are uniformly marketed as something other than what they are. In the case of "The Future", the synopsis is this: "When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves." It's also billed as a scifi movie, and the synopsis seems to support that. It all sounds quite interesting, right? Wrong! This movie doesn't deserve to wear the label scifi. There's no science in it and the only fiction is in the horribly bad marketing. So I should blame the distributors for how bad this movie is, I guess? Wrong! The blame for this mess really needs to lie with Miranda July. I've never come across her work before and now, I guarantee I'll never do so again. Writer, Actor, Director. She's all those things in this movie and it shows.... Shows that some people should stick to one thing and not try to Doc Savage their life and be fantastic at everything, because, quite frankly, she isn't up to the jobs. The writing is childish because the characters are intensely unlikeable. I suspect that may be the point - to make the audience hate them, but making unlikeable characters only accomplishes one thing in any form of storytelling - to alienate the audience. Once you've done that, it doesn't matter what the rest of the story is about, because the viewer just doesn't care. Her acting is also weak. I understand this was her vision and by donning all these hats she got to make it how she wanted, but damn! As far as entertainment goes, this wasn't so much of a dropped ball as more of a ball punted into the distance off a cliff! It's pretentious nonsense full of "clever" symbolism, using the cat as a kind of conscience for the characters. However, the two characters could never exist in reality because of their inherent flaws. They would never succeed at anything, even surviving to adulthood would be beyond them! To call them ineffectual would be liking suggesting that a saucepan made out of chocolate would be fantastic! And, like that saucepan, the characters would not last long. There's nothing here that fits the traditional role of a movie. I'm beginning to suspect that film isn't a proper medium for such efforts. Whether that will dissuade Ms. July from further stunningly boring efforts to make a point to an audience that mostly just wants to be entertained is anyone's guess. I doubt it. It also galls me that scifi (my favourite genre) is being saddled by these movies since it allows the writer/director to apparently throw any crazy sh*t at the screen and hope it sticks. That isn't what scifi is about! All in all, if you are looking for an entertaining movie, don't stop here! You'll be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you are looking to throw away ninety minutes of your existence in an unsatisfying endeavour, I would suggest going to the coast and commanding the rising tide to turn back would be more fruitful than watching this "film". And now, in the interest of balanced reporting... SUMMARY FOR ART LOVERS: A wonderful exploration of the neuroses of two desperately unhappy people, with commentary by their cat. Woot! SUMMARY FOR NORMAL FILM-GOERS: Unsatisfying, pretentious drivel featuring hateful characters and leading to a frustrating and deeply annoying end. Trim your toe nails instead.

Reviewed by evanston_dad 7 / 10 / 10

Fear of Commitment

An odd-duck couple who have had plenty of years to be married (read: get bored) and far too much time on their hands decide to adopt a cat. They can't pick it up for a month because it's undergoing some medical treatments, and they're warned that if they fail to arrive on the designated date the cat will be euthanized. The prospect of that last month of freedom before they make a commitment to something other than themselves opens up a fissure in their lives and threatens to destroy a complacency they had begun to take for granted. The fact that adopting a cat counts in their lives as a commitment great enough to alter their lives forever should tell you a little something about the personalities of these main characters, and if we end up being fed up with both of them, and her especially, I think we're meant to. It's nearly impossible to sympathize with people whose lives are basically so cushy that taking on a pet takes on the momentous proportions of a major life event -- but then I think of my own life, and how good I basically have it, and how good even the most average American basically has it, and how most of my problems would seem pretty petty to a lot of other people out there in the world, and realize that maybe what annoys me about these characters are the qualities I see in them that most annoy me about myself. "The Future" I think is a cautionary tale about what happens to people when they spend all of their lives worrying about what their lives could be instead of accepting what their lives actually are. At some point, everyone gets to an age where he or she has to simply commit to SOMETHING, whether it be another person, a child, a cause, a pet, a life path, a career. Whatever it is, they have to make a conscious choice to make the best of what they have and stop worrying about what could have been. Easier said than done, probably, or many many people would be much happier. I liked "The Future" well enough while I was watching it, but I can't say it really stuck with me. Miranda July has an off-beat writing and directorial (not to mention acting) style that will probably turn off some. I'm o.k. with it, and I must say that for once it was refreshing to see a movie in which it's the female rather than the male who does a worse job of dealing with a mid-life crisis. Thank you Ms. July for equaling the playing field a bit. Grade: B

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10 / 10

Flash of Light

Greetings again from the darkness. Thanks to her 2005 debut film ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, I became a fan of Miranda July. Unfortunately that means reading a few of her short stories and waiting six years for her second film. There is no rushing creative genius, and there is certainly no obvious goal for capitalistic gains. With her second film, it appears she will somehow generate even fewer viewers, despite being a festival favorite. The movie is bookended by the narration of Paw-Paw, an injured cat waiting to be adopted by Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater). In the cat's voice we hear the hope of a new life - one that includes love and security. Things aren't quite the same from the perspective of our two heroes. Sophie and Hamish are in many ways a typical couple. They sometimes speak their own language and when things are going good, they believe they can conquer all. However, hitting a bump means much doubt and and an avalanche of self-defeatist attitudes. The latest bump is the belief that adopting this cat will suck the freedom right out of their daily lives ... in fact, they discuss the fact that because of their age (35), life and dreams are basically over. So, with 30 days til adoption, they seek to live life to the fullest. You know, before it's all over. They both quit the jobs that have evidently been the burden keeping them from greater purpose. Jason works from home as an IT Help Desk agent and Sophie is the absolute worst dance instructor for kids in existence. Jason tries to find meaning by selling trees to save the environment. Sophie decides to make youtube videos - 30 Dances in 30 Days, but with such mounting pressure, ends up under the bed covers before even one video is complete. These two remind me of 8 year olds with advanced vocabularies. Somehow they think society or the universe owes them something and just by dreaming big, their lives will be complete. They each believe they have special powers: Sophie can move things with her mind (not really) and Jason can stop time (not sure). We see Jason fall under the spell of the most interesting character in the film - an octogenarian played by Joe Putterlik. We see Sophie fall into bed with Marshall (David Warshofsky), a 50ish single dad living in the suburbs. So here is some of what the film offers us: a slacker couple in a rundown apartment, same couple overwhelmed by the burden of adopting a cat, a crawling security blanket (t-shirt) that stalks its owner, a narrating cat, an empty affair with a mis-matched couple, an old man philosopher and his dirty-talk greeting cards, a discussion with the moon (yes, the moon), a young girl (wonderful Isabella Acres) who buries herself in the backyard with the approval of her dad, and (twice) the terrific Peggy Lee song "Where or When". Ms. July is a fabulous observer of life and people and personalities. She seems to understand doubt, dreams and carries an interest in what time lapse really means for us. Her manner of making these points and sharing her insight is quite off-beat from what we typically see in movies. I believe that makes it more important that she continue to produce her works. Unlike what I will say about her character in this film, The Future looks awfully bright for Miranda July.

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