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At Theaters: 8/15/2014 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600388
Studio: Weinstein Co.
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Jonas is a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past.

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Drama Sci-Fi - Unlike other films based on young adult science fiction novels, this is more of a talky drama and has only a few action beats. While not the lead, Jeff Bridges does have a substantial role while Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes have smaller supporting roles. While there is no language and very minimal violence, dark and more mature themes make this one for pre-teens and up and not young children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Jeff Bridges R.I.P.D., TRUE GRIT, TRON: LEGACY, CRAZY HEART
Meryl Streep AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, HOPE SPRINGS
Brenton Thwaites THE SIGNAL, OCULUS
Alexander Skarsgard THE EAST, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, DISCONNECT, BATTLESHIP
Katie Holmes JACK AND JILL, THE SON OF NO ONE
Taylor Swift DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX
Director: Phillip Noyce SALT, CATCH A FIRE, THE BONE COLLECTOR
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Production Notes Heading
Development
Lois Lowry's Unique Sameness
Penning The Adaptation
At The Helm
The 'Same' People - Casting
The Characters and Their Journey
Unusual Families
The Importance of Memory
The World of Sameness
Through The Lens (Camera Design)
Dressing The Same (Costume Design)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Brief glimpses of violence with very little blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Medical injections.
ACTION: Brief chases.
COMEDY: Cute baby humor.
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Critic's Review Heading

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average 'The Giver' gives us the overall structure of Lowry's original work, adds a couple of understandable details like a sweet little romance and then derails into an action movie in its final sequence,...

USA Today Full Review
Average While the 1993 book was a thoughtful, subtle meditation on mind control and the blandness of life in a pseudo-Utopia, the movie doesn't convey that depth. It changes some plot points, but more important it lacks the resonance and mythic quality of Lowry's literary allegory.

NY Post Full Review
Above Average 'The Giver' is at its best when Bridges expounds on civilization's lost beauty and savagery; at other times, it's strewn with implausibility...

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 61 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
3
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
19
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
75%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
17
Fairly High
94%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 61 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: All enjoyed "The Giver, very much.
TEENS: Two males loved it and one rated it "average." GREAT REVIEWS FROM THE 19 FEMALES! Nearly all of them LOVED "THE GIVER."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Three males loved it and one rated it "average." Both the females loved it.
ADULTS: The adult reviews aren't great, but they also aren't bad. About 40% of the males loved it with close to 20% rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, just over 40% felt it was only an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
Just over 20% of the females loved it with another 40% indicating it was an "above average" movie. Just like the males, around 40% rated it as just an "average" movie.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
THE GIVER tells the coming-of-age story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man raised in a seemingly utopian world where everyone appears to be happy. This sense of harmony is created by a strictly engineered existence where the community is deprived of the so-called burden of memories. They have no notion of suffering, hunger, or violence. On the other hand, there's no freedom, no choice and no individuality. Being treated with a regimented daily injection, the humans are genetically designed not to feel emotion or see color, and the scientifically-controlled environment prevents any visual distinctiveness that may stimulate sensation and alter the order of their seemingly utopian world. They live in sameness: identical homes, identical clothes, and an identical family structure.

Family units in this unusual society each consist of a husband, a wife, and two children: one male and one female who are born to designated "birthmothers."

Apart from a bright intelligence, and integrity, there is something slightly 'different' and exceptional about Jonas. At the Ceremony where youth is assigned their vocations, the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) selects Jonas to inherit the position of the community's Receiver of Memories. In this, most-honored position in the community, he will become the keeper of ancient memories before the time of 'Sameness'.

Jonas enters into training with the current Receiver of Memories, known as the Giver (Jeff Bridges). The old man is kind, but weary as he carries the burden of memory.

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