|Meryl Streep as Anjelica Huston.|
The time is the distant future, when everything, including people, comes in black, white and shades of grey since color was deemed too fussy and so was eliminated eons ago. Ditto laughter, war, mommies and daddies, kissing, love, snow, dancing, people of color, having a good time, comfy furniture and old people. Everyone in the Community lives in sterile houses designed by the descendants of Frank Lloyd Wright and eats what look like TV dinners from the fifties. Even the usually perky Katie Holmes looks stern.
Nobody is fat, certainly a plus, and everyone is nice to each other and speaks precisely. In fact, precision of language is quite important, which I found refreshing. Also, lying is not permitted, another nice feature. I was quite taken with their little Utopia, actually: No war, no killing, what's not to like? Except there is killing, and on a daily basis as it turns out, done for the Good of the Community, and that's all I will say about that.
The plot is so full of holes that it's fun to watch, as Old Man Bridges turns over all the forbidden memories from times gone by to the new kid who was chosen as the Receiver of Memory at a Big Ceremony where everyone claps using only one hand on their thigh instead of two hands the way we do it now. Apparently one-handed thigh clapping is one of the ways Man will evolve. Doesn't that tell you all you need to know? But stick around, as at the very end when the credits roll there is a fabulous song playing called "Ordinary Human" by One Republic. Or else skip the movie and find the song on YouTube.