The Future The Future begins as a floppy little drama about a couple of limp-flower thirtysomethings who, cocooned in their thrift-shop-furnished L.A. apartment, dither about whether they're… The Future The Future begins as a floppy little drama about a couple of limp-flower thirtysomethings who, cocooned in their thrift-shop-furnished L.A. apartment, dither about whether they're… 2011-07-29 R PT91M Drama Miranda July Hamish Linklater Roadside Attractions
Movie Review

The Future (2011)

MPAA Rating: R
Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, ... | GROWING UP Miranda July and Hamish Linklater begin the rest of their life in The Future
GROWING UP Miranda July and Hamish Linklater begin the rest of their life in The Future
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jul 29, 2011; Rated: R; Length: 91 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Miranda July and Hamish Linklater; Distributor: Roadside Attractions

The Future begins as a floppy little drama about a couple of limp-flower thirtysomethings who, cocooned in their thrift-shop-furnished L.A. apartment, dither about whether they're adult enough to adopt an ailing cat. The movie ends in a deep and extraordinary demonstration of how the world spins forward, whether we're ready or not. In between, this daring, singular project blithely risks accusations of cutesiness: The movie is framed by narration from Paw Paw, the cat in question (voiced by the movie's writer-director-star, Miranda July), with only those witty-bitty paw-paws visible.

The Future belongs to Sophie (July), who teaches dance to little kids while dreaming of sharing her own choreography with a YouTube audience, and to her boyfriend, Jason (The New Adventures of Old Christine's marvelous Hamish Linklater), who would like to grow up to be maybe, oh, a world leader but meanwhile provides tech support from his home phone. As she did in her striking 2005 debut, Me and You and Everyone We Know, July creates a fluid cinematic universe, flexible enough to embrace the artist's favorite interests; she weaves in performance art (Sophie's dances are...different) and Internet culture (the couple are glued to their laptops). And she creates perfect images of supernatural everydayness. A little girl literally digs herself into a hole. The moon speaks. In The Future, everything is possible. A–

Originally posted Aug 03, 2011 Published in issue #1167 Aug 12, 2011 Order article reprints