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About the Movie
"To those dark horses with the spirit to look up and see. . . a recondite family awaits. " Welcome to the Jejune Institute, a mind-bending San Francisco phenomenon where 10,000 people became "inducted" without ever quite realizing what they'd signed up for. Was it a cult? Was it an elaborate game? Told from the participants’ perspectives, this film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where real world and fictional narratives collide, creating unforeseen and often unsettling consequences. Fusing elements of counter-culture, new religious movements and street art, this film invites viewers into a secret underground world teeming just beneath the surface of everyday life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: "The Institute" stumbles between documentary and exploratory simulation, at once confusing and pedantic.
Fresh: Mystery is part of the appeal.
Fresh: Rarely have I felt so absorbed by a movie about people I found so incredibly annoying.
Fresh: McCall does a skillful job of reconstructing this hipster-centric game, though much of the proceedings still come off as one of those "you had to be there" affairs.
Is it part of the game?
As soon as I saw this I began searching online for more info. I live in the Bay Area and was hoping I could find something like this. After learning a ton not only about Nonchalance, but ARGs in general, I wonder if this movie isn't itself a "rabbit hole" into a bigger game. I hope so!
For Curious Minds
An incredibly intriguing piece of film making, The Institute is a real life version of "The Game", with dashes of "Exit through the Gift Shop" and "Resurrect Dead". I laughed out loud at several scenes, and alternately found passages to be mystical, wondrous, inspirational, or simply bizarre. Part of the growing genre of "mind-f_ck" movies, It bears repeat viewing to decipher (or scrutinize) its many embedded layers of meaning. Highly recommended.
Sad Testament To Fulfillment Desperation
So a bunch of young hipsters in SF end up playing a game that is a glorified scavenger hunt and are disappointed to find out it's ONLY a game? Wow, talk about naive… But maybe its better than going to bars or clubs? Don't bother.