Not Rated

98 Minutes

Released August 18

Marjorie Prime is a story about ghosts from a different dimension. You could classify it as a sci fi tale in genre, though it doesn’t feel like one, as it is quite emotionally intimate. It’s a psychological study of three intertwining lives set in the near future. That’s all I will say about the plot, as this movie is best watched from an innocent point of view, without knowing the story or the details ahead of time.

Do be aware however that this is not an action movie or a thriller in any sense of the word. If you are prone to fall asleep as soon as the camera stops moving, this is not the movie for you. Marjorie Prime is a chance to witness some superb acting by its cast, in roles with an unusual degree of difficulty. Jon Hamm, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins are all outstanding. Although not a “household name,” Lois Smith has built a stellar career in theatre, film and television that has spanned over six decades. She is extraordinary as “Marjorie.” At the age of 86, Lois is a master of her craft and a joy to watch.

This story was originally a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Jordan Harrison and has been adapted for screen by director Michael Almereyda. The great performances help carry the flow of the narrative. The musical score by Mica Levi is perfect. The music does not intrude yet invites your mind to consider the possibilities, the intimacies and the loneliness presented in the story.

This movie will not have you on the edge of your seat. It will haunt you. It will leave you contemplating the mystery of the circle of life.


Kathryn Whitney Boole has spent most of her life in the entertainment industry, which is the backdrop for remarkable adventures with extraordinary people. She is a Talent Manager with Studio Talent Group in Santa Monica. For previously published reviews see