What the Bleep Do We Know!?
(Unrated, 1:48:57, Released 2004)
|Genres:||Documentary, Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Release Date:||Apr 23, 2004|
|DVD Release Date:||Mar 15, 2005|
|Starring:||Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Armin Shimerman, Robert Bailey Jr., Barry Newman, Larry Branderburg, David Albert, Joseph Dispenza, Amit Goswami|
|Directed by:||Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente, William Arntz|
|Synopsis:||Part narrative, part documentary, and part animation, What the #$*! Do We Know?! was filmed with the intent of expressing the neurological processes and so called "quantum uncertainty" of life. With the help of a directorial triumvirate consisting of Betsy Chasse, William Arntz, and Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin stars as Amanda, whose uninspired daily routine is abruptly altered into a chaotic, Alice in Wonderland-style reality, complete with quirky characters and wildly different perspectives on life. As Amanda falls deeper into the experience, she's forced to drastically reconsider her perceptions of interpersonal relationships, men, and the fundamental principles of life. What the #$*! Do We Know?! is supplemented by a host of mystics and scientists, who are interviewed intermittently throughout the film for their wisdom and knowledge concerning religion, science, the thin line between them, and the consequences of blurring that line. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi|
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May 23, 2008
The theatrical cut of this movie is but a taste. If it stirs your interest, then you must rent/buy the extended version which includes hours of additional footage including interviews, graphical explanations, and dramatic sequences.
A nice introductory documentary to the world of quantum physics. Must see for anyone interested in science or philosophy, even if you are familiar with the topics, as the interviewees are fantastic and inject an enthusiastic quality to work as a successful facade for what is essentially a mashed-up (and atypically amusing) lecture.
August 30, 2007
This film is so cheap and tacky how it expects to discuss it's theories on quantum physics is beyond me. With scenes of sex and some bad language it may seem like this film is aimed at adults. However we are also treated to CGI representation of lust singing Robert Palmers 'Addicted to Love'. This film really is that wank. Represents theories as facts, and ties together some interesting interviews with a fictional sub-plot about some deaf woman which just happens to demonstarte everything being said. This is the same stuff you find in those self-help books but done in a much more patronizing manner. As entertainment it sucks, as a documentary it blows and as an enlightening doorway into a new vast realm of thought...it can fuck off.
July 16, 2007
appreciate the fact that this movie tries to make the audience think, but the approach is terrible and condescending to say the least. These are not new concepts. These are rehashed efforts to explain the world through juvenile fantasy that pretends that the world is only what we know. This is a child's way of thinking. This is someone who is stuck in the concrete operational stage of development. I agree that reality is perception, but that is on the level of subjective experience. Anyone who has stepped outside of themselves will have encountered this manner of thought before. In addition, again-these are not novel ideas. If you have never quested outside of the conventional realm of thought you might find this interesting. If you have never done any self-study or study in the world of philosophy then this might be an introduction, but it is pedestrian to say the least(sorry to sound pompous), pedantic and misses the mark in its effort to teach (or bludgeon). I might also add that the presentation was terribly annoying with all of the flashing in and out. It was a chore to watch...and not because it makes you think. I might also add that it completely fudges the concepts in Quantum mechanics to meet its message. Check out "Waking Life" or "Mindwalk" if you want to provoke some real thought about life. You will find yourself far more fulfilled.
February 1, 2007
It seems a fine documentary as I like Marlee Matlin who appears in that special interest film. (Disappointed it has no English substitles on DVD - that's impossible because it has support for the deaf culture including Marlee Matlin).
November 15, 2006
A very interesting and well done documentary on quantum physics. The story that ties it together is pretty lame, but at the same time necessary.
December 1, 2013
"How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?" A fascinating and provocative documentary about quantum physics, What the Bleep Do We Know!? is incredibly creative and visionary. The film explores the nature of reality and the effects that the mind has on it. The ideas presented are really exciting and mind blowing. However, the film overreaches when trying to apply the concepts to religion and psychology. And, a few of the experts interviewed have questionable credentials and speak beyond the scope of physics. Yet overall, What the Bleep Do We Know!? is an engrossing film about the endless possibilities of the mind.
February 19, 2006
[font=Century Gothic]"What the Bleep Do We Know?" is a unique film that is a combined lecture by talking heads(identified in the closing credits) about quantum physics and biology in a rational universe and illustrations on how this connects into our everyday lives. This is represented by a photographer named Amanda(Marlee Matlin) living in Portland, Oregon. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Basically, the movie is about the different paths we can follow in our lives.(It should be noted that films like "Double Life of Veronique" and "Run Lola Run" pretty much had the same message while avoiding the science lectures.) There are plenty of ideas here - some of which I have read about before while others just went completely over my head. In the end, this movie has one very significant flaw - the equation of medication with addiction which I completely disagree with. [/font]
September 9, 2008
Quite interesting. Some of the editing seemed pretty random, especially when they start talking about God for the second and third time. Some of the 'logic' seemed to make no sense to me, and when I looked it up apparently it was all 'hogwash,' so I guess it wasn't just me. Would have been much cooler if the entire scientific community didn't consider it to be pseudoscience, but it still gives you another way to look at the world and that's very important.
February 18, 2007
TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH TRASH.
A purported documentary on quantum physics is actually a welcoming guide for a cult, in which physics have absolutely no bearing. This is truly pseudo-science at its worst. This is to physics what 'intelligent design' is to evolution: a non scientific posture presenting itself as a scientific effort to discredit its opponent.
For the life of me I cannot understand why this was such a hit, but I imagine it was much like The Matrix: it makes people feel smart because it seemingly presents philosophical and scientific situations in a way they can understand it. Of course, it makes up pretty much everything it states and distorts what few scientific postures it uses but hey, it seems smart so it must be right. Bravo!
I recommend everyone watch this and show it to their friends, at worst as a litmus test to see who is intelligent enough to see through the bullshit and at best as pure entertainment. The film is so fucking unintentionally hillarious that it must be seen to be believed.
May 1, 2011
It blows my mind! It is so packed with information I have to keep watching it over and over again. Although it is long and cerebra,l once you catch on to the idea the possibilities are endless.
December 22, 2010
Not for everybody, but I like the subject of quantum physics, even this execution of the subject, which was a little corny, but enjoyable.
December 13, 2010
It is embarassing in the extreme for me that I ever enjoyed this movie. Doing my own research in the intervening years, I now know that so much of this movie is bullshit, pseudoscience, and touchy-feely nonsense. The most annoying thing now is how much this movie misused (abused, really) science, particularly quantum physics. Don't just take the "scientists" in this movie (Deepak Chopra? For fucking real?) at their word; read books on the science! Educate yourself. This movie might SOUND nice, but if you're really concerned about the truth, don't stop looking at this movie.
October 23, 2010
Do you like talking about quantum physics and string theory? Do you wish that someone would make a movie about them? Well guess what? Somebody made that movie, and here it is! If you do not like talking about string theory, then I think you might want to keep looking, this movie will seem too much like science class to you. People who don't like talking about string theory should only watch this if they have not slept in 3 days and need something to put them out.
August 6, 2010
I like this movie for it's concepts, definitely not for it's acting or directing. It's about quantum physics and the way we perceive things, you should totally watch it. Some of the people in there are blow hards, and one lady reminds me of Zsa Zsa Gabor, but it makes you think about things. Seemed shorter than an hour and fifty minutes; and most likely, quicker and easier than trying to read material on the subject.
July 31, 2010
"The most solid thing you can say about this insubstantial matter is that it's more like a thought..."
I really wish this "documentary" focused more on the lectures and monologues of each "talking head" in this feature; instead it attempts to make the film a little more mainstream for casual movie-watchers. (This aspect would normally irritate me, but I worked in a movie rental store at the time of this film's release and many of the regular customers mentioned their appreciation for the film and its ideas.)
"If you can't control your emotional state, you must be addicted to it."
Watching it again more recently, I must say that I am still irritated with both the main character (Marlee Matlin) and the film's "basketball boy" mascot (Robert Bailey). The movie really sums up the few "basic" ideas of quantum physics and "positive thinking" theories (as seen in "The Secret"). For those without experience in either of these subjects, this might be a good way for them to break in to some of the concepts and abstract thinking methods.
"An awful lot of problems that get labeled as psychological problems really amount to people making rotten choices..."
October 27, 2009
Get to the bleeping point! Atrociously boring rehash of things you already know if you're even remotely interested in renting it. After the first twenty minutes all I could focus on that was worthwhile was Bonobo's Dial M for Monkey playing in the background.
October 12, 2009
I had read the controversial comments other people have written about "What the Bleep Do We Know," which is what made me want to see this when I usually stay away from documentaries. All my worst fears were realized in this film. They really dumb down the concepts of Quantum Mechanics and then go into the power of positive thinking and some other New Age philosophy. They never go into great detail about anything and the whole presentation is very amateurish and not very cinematic. The incessant music was among the worst I've ever heard in a film. Most of the talking heads have legitimate credentials but the inclusion of "Ramtha" undermines the credibility of the entire film. This was a good idea but it is very hard to sit through.
Still, if you have no idea about what quantum physics is about, this film might be a way to get your toes in the water.
August 16, 2009
This film will change your life! Okay, this film, universal health care and free Lifesavers's Sweet Orange Mints for life will change your life. But after seeing this movie, you will understand why seemingly nothing can change your world.
April 27, 2009
This is a kick ass movie! Even if you have no interest in quantum physics, you must watch this movie.
March 27, 2009
Sober, drunk, loaded full of cough medicine and Red Bulls, I tried and tried to follow along. I give 'em points for whatever they were trying to accomplish...maybe I'm just an idiot...but I think the title sums it up pretty well.
February 16, 2009
my favorite documentary of all time, and one of the sources of inspiration for our movie project "within reach" (http://www.withinreachmovie.com)
December 29, 2008
The concepts are not well explained. Thankfully this documentary was not my first experience with quantum physics and reality because I wouldn't understand a thing. "We create reality" that's the whole thing on this film explained in an stupid way of course.
November 2, 2008
A fantastic insight into what we percieve to be real and what actually may be narrated by quantum physicists. some very thought provoking experiments and their results are explained in a method that the layman can easily understand.
October 14, 2008
a 'leap of faith' in every sense of the term, this documentary is compelete nonsense catereged to the hippy turned yuppy generation of the 60's who are now in there 50's and 60's and need something to turn to that is more conventional than religion, spirtuliaty that envolves some forms of conciousness. However, in 'What The Bleep Do We Know!?' we see nothing but false claims from self-certified gurus. the movie is corny, cheesy, and doesn't shine light on the subject at all other than furthering the concept of 'hippy-bullshit' that so many people have come to believe of people who think 'outside-the-box'. this movie is like the Pearl Jam of the Seattle Scene in the late 80's...doesn't deserve to be famous.
July 26, 2008
A surprisingly interesting movie/documentary on quantum physics. (I never thought I'd use the words "interesting" and "quantum physics" in the same sentence)