What Dreams May Come

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

With its title taken from a line in an Shakespearean play, this very unique drama is a combination of highly artistic fantasy and spectacle. Robin Williams plays a medical doctor, Chris Nielsen, who is married to a beautiful woman, Annie Nielsen,(Annabella Sciorra) whom he loves deeply. And they have two children, Ian and Marie(Josh Paddock and Jessica Grant), who are very close to them. But their idealistic life is shattered by a series of tragedies. Both children are killed in a auto wreck and a few years later Chris is also killed in an auto incident and goes to heaven. The losses are more than Annie can bear, so she takes her own life, but goes to hell because of committing suicide. Chris then launches on an epic odyssey to rescue Annie from hell. All these events are set within a background of spectacular paintings and are a visually dazzling adventure. At the same time, the film has many dark elements of death, insanity, and grotesque images. It probably won't have broad popular appeal but it may find a sufficient following, particularly among those who like art films.

The film carries the powerful message that soulmates exist and that love goes on after death. It presents the concepts of God, heaven and hell as real, but they are abstract, non biblical concepts. There is no mention of why people go to heaven or hell, except that those who commit suicide go to hell. It also portrays the concept of reincarnation as real, as deceased persons return to earth to help others. Also, Chris telepathically communicates with Annie after he has gone to heaven. The images of heaven are artistically stunning, but the images of hell are dark and depressing and could frighten young viewers. Grotesque dead people and warriors harass Chris on his journey and in one scene Chris walks on the heads of people who are almost completely buried in mud. Not surprising, a number of obscenities and profanities are spoken, including five f- and s-words and four regular profanities. The central theme is Chris' strong love for Annie and his determination to never give up. But this admirable message is overwhelmed by the film's misleading theological concepts and foul language.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor:
Polygram Filmed Entertainment, 9333 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Summary
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Crude Language: Several(6) Times-Mild 2, Moderate 4

Obscene Language: Many(8) Times(f word 2, S word 3, Other 3)

Profanity: Several(5) Times-Regular 4(J, C, GD, G) Exclamatory-Once

Violence: Several Times- Moderate(Man killed in auto accident, threats by dead people and warriors, man falls into lake, man walks on heads of persons buried in mud, spider crawls on woman's hand, grotesque scenes of dead persons)

Sex: None

Nudity: Once (brief female rear nudity)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Non biblical concepts of heaven and hell, reincarnation portrayed as real, living person communicates with the dead, God portrayed as real and suicide as wrong; strong love, sacrifice and never giving up portrayed favorably)

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults


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