What The Bleep Do We Know!? Mark Vicente, Betsy Chasse, and William Arntz

Though it raises some thought-provoking questions and mind-altering concepts, What the Bleep ends up mired in a hokey layman's terms version of its academic premise. The film endeavours to be the ultimate self-help guide, melding discussions of metaphysics, quantum mechanics, spirituality and the mind-body relationship together in order to demonstrate the awesome power of self-determination. In an age of hopelessness, depression and varied levels of hypochondria, the film seems bent on instilling a sense of responsibility within its audience full of potential patients. It's an admirable objective and one that is achieved through a multitude of sound bites from Ph.D.s, medical doctors, theologians and scientists, all of whom are learned and able to speak with great authority regarding the subject at hand. On their own, these experts would admittedly have contributed to a rather dry documentary, falling far short of the directors' intentions to have 100,000,000 people absorb their film. As they each suggest in the informative "Director's Q&A," the filmmakers wished to alter the collective consciousness of the planet by opening up a dialogue regarding ideas that could affect our reality. Knowing that eggheads alone couldn't convey such a lofty populist message to the masses, the filmmakers devised a parallel dramatic story to enact the academic discourse of the documentary. The result is a lame story starring Marlee Matlin as a self-hating woman who overcomes the insecurities that play out in her mind, thus positively altering the course of her unhappy life. It's an unfortunate and disruptive addition to a doc that only required minor tinkering to stand on its own and affect real change. That said, What the Bleep is still an important analysis of the vast recesses of the human mind and our potential to alter our own reality however we wish. Plus: cast interviews, music video, trailer (Fox)