PG | | Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!
The theme song to the movie, "Hello (I Love You)" (not to be confused with the similarly-titled classic song by The Doors) is a rare one-off song by former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, whose songs are usually part of concept albums. Waters worked with composer Howard Shore, so that the song's melody is a leitmotif in the film, as well as dovetailing well with the rest of the film's score. Waters commented, "I think together we've come up with a song that captures the themes of the movie - the clash between humanity's best and worst instincts, and how a child's innocence can win the day." Incidentally, the film touches on themes that Waters' album 'Amused to Death' was concerned with, while the song's lyrics reference Waters' Pink Floyd works 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'The Wall', as well as Waters' solo album 'Radio KAOS'.
Then why don't they do something? Why don't they stop it?
Larry White: Excellent question, Wendy. Why don't they do something? Why don't they stop it? Who is this "They" that Wendy is referring to I wonder? What do you think? "They" is *all* of us.
Early in the movie, the science teacher Larry White (Rainn Wilson) tells his class "of the doctors Watson and Crick who cracked the genetic code". This is wrong in two ways. First, while Watson and Crick's discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA helped explain how genes were replicated during cellular or viral reproduction, it was Marshall Nirenberg and Har Gobind Khorana who did the research that correctly interpreted the genetic code, for which they received the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology and/or Medicine (along with Robert W. Holley for his work on transfer RNA). Second, it is odd that Mr White refers to Watson and Crick as "doctors", which his class would understand to mean that they were medical men, which neither was; in fact while Watson had his PhD at the time of their seminal research, Crick had yet to complete his and held only a BSc - in physics.
$10,200,000 25 March 2007