Routine kid stuff, except that the bunny really IS talking to the little girl - telepathically. She has the unique ability to hear his thoughts and also to levitate her brother's collection of unusual stones, creating a force field of sorts. And the boy's doodles turn out to be eerily well-done replicas of figures important to Tibetan mysticism, as his science teacher (Rainn Wilson in a funny supporting role) recognizes.
At first, the kids' parents (Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson) don't realize how drastically their children have changed. They just know they're fighting less, and reports that their underachieving son has finally impressed one of his teachers seem all to the good.
All that changes when some scary-looking government agents show up at the house, which has been pinpointed as the source of massive power outages. An investigation places the children and their new toys at the center of a mystery about technology from the future that no one really understands, but that seems important to a plan to avoid environmental catastrophe. The children, though, understand intuitively what they're meant to do, and it means escaping from the clutches of the government and helping Mimzy walk toward the Tibetan light, or something.
If all goes well, the earth will be saved. We even get a glimpse of the promised utopia - children playing in a pristine field of wildflowers, getting a history lesson about how bad things used to be from a beaming hippie. Everybody wears a peasant blouse.
Is this utopia?
If so, I hope there's a bar. *
Produced by Michael Phillips, directed by Bob Shaye, written by Bruce Joel Rubin, Toby Emmerich, distributed by New LIne Cinema.