The Future

2011

The Future

Critics Consensus

A dark and whimsical exploration of human existence that challenges viewers as much as it rewards them.

72%

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Total Count: 107

54%

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User Ratings: 4,266
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When Sophie (Miranda July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) decide 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. -- (C) Official Site

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  • You end up feeling sorry for the cat but not for Sophie and Jason, who seem unable to deal with life, love or, in fact, anything.

    Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • July's film-making is a taste I have yet fully to acquire, but she has a distinctive vision, a style, placed before you on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. I took it.

    Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A playfully self-aware dig at the emptiness of some modern lifestyles that will make you check your own.

    Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Not a crowd-pleaser by any measure, but a mature, bold and recklessly inquisitive film, however unpleasant it is to consume in the moment.

    Nov 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Miranda July may be a bit too weird for her own good. On the other hand, it is a glorious weird.

    Sep 2, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Provides plenty of material for July junkies as well as July detractors.

    Aug 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Future

  • Jun 06, 2014
    I thought "Me and You and Everyone We Know" was eccentric enough but "The Future" had multiple layers of eccentricity, which worked and didn't work to the film's advantage. I was swaying back and forth from liking it to finding it pointless to pondering its themes to disliking the characters of "The Future."
    Chihoe H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2014
    The Future is really a life-affirming film, once you look past its deep undertones of self-loathing and despair.
    DA Z Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    Didn't hold my attention but I felt like it should have. I want to give it another chance simply because it has a guy stuck in time trying to move the moon and a cat that talks before getting put down with an extremely sad monologue.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2012
    In "The Future," Jason(Hamish Linklater) and Sophie(Miranda July, who also wrote, directed and provided the voice of the cat) find a stray cat. They take him to a vet where they are informed he is very sick and will take a month to recover. In the meantime, Jason buys a drawing before they both take stock of their lives. Realizing how limited their time is, both quit their jobs, Jason as tech support and Sophie as a dance teacher. This leaves them plenty of time to follow their hearts' desire, if not pay their bills. So Jason signs up to go door to door for an environmental cause all over Los Angeles while Sophie, getting inspiration from a now former co-worker, decides to post her performing a dance online every day for a month. Give Miranda July some credit, she has some very heady ideas she wants to explore with her latest movie "The Future" like mortality, time and what we decide to do with it. The problem here is not that the movie is strange; it is that it is not strange enough. Considering the trouble she has in creating believable characters, why not just go full Akerman instead or try something truly avant garde? And as an artist herself, July strangely has little empathy for anybody else's artistic pretensions. Admittedly, some of the movie is funny, but never intentionally. That's not to mention a couple of very odd subplots and only one sequence that speaks fully to the movie's themes and then awkwardly so.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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