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What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)

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A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlee Matlin ... Lead
Elaine Hendrix ... Jennifer
John Ross Bowie ... Elliot
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Reggie
Barry Newman ... Frank
Larry Brandenburg ... Bruno
Daniela Serra Daniela Serra ... Bride
James Langston Drake James Langston Drake ... Groom (as Jame Drake)
Michele Mariana Michele Mariana ... Tour Guide (as Michelle Mariana)
Armin Shimerman ... Older Man (in subway)
Robert Blanche ... Bob
Pavel Mikoloski Pavel Mikoloski ... Priest
Alex Rogers Alex Rogers ... Guy #1
Tin Tran Tin Tran ... Guy #2
Leslie Taylor ... Bridesmaid
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"WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown, indeed, not even dreamed of since Copernicus. It's a documentary. It's a story. It's mind-blowing special effects. This film plunges you into a world where quantum uncertainty is demonstrated - where neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are engaged and lived by its protagonist - where everything is alive, and reality is changed by every thought. Written by Anonymous

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USA

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacred Science See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,656, 8 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,941,801, 10 April 2005
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Depiction of quantum mechanics in the movie bears no resemblance to the real theory of that name. In particular, the common misconception that the "observer effect" is dependent upon a sapient, human observer is incorrect. If any object interacts with any other, and either requires information regarding the current state and properties of the other, then that constitutes an observation. See more »

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Fred Alan Wolf: There is something very real about this presence called God.
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Terrible, misleading movie
13 July 2004 | by efloodSee all my reviews

As a physics student, I've become aware of many idiot professors, and other so-called experts, in the field. As I continue with my studies, I learn more and more about real physics experiments going on, and about the people who are doing things right.

Then, my friends tell me of this "physics movie" they want to see. Knowing nothing of it, I'm excited, hoping that the information will be presented well.

I've done REAL quantum mechanics; this wasn't it.

This movie starts with the basic assumption that anything that occurs to a subatomic particle can, and will, occur to you, if you just open your eyes. Let's think about that, for just a moment.

Our bodies are composed of somewhere around 10^30 such subatomic particles. That is a million billion billion billion particles! The more "mysterious" quantum effects of just two particles can have a 50% probability of cancelling each other out completely. As you add more and more particles into the mix, it becomes almost impossible to have a large net quantum result. To tell us to believe that this is a valid assumption, with no rationality behind it...it's just stupid.

My friend, also in physics, and I counted 3 facts during the course of this movie. But they were presented in the most misleading manner I've EVER SEEN.

I cannot say as much for the neural portion of the movie, as I have not had any kind of medical training. It seemed as though it might have had a slight bit more truth to it, remembering my days in biology, but I cannot say.

At least this film had a redeeming quality: the dancing peptides (or whatever they actually were) scene. Not to ruin the invaluable plot that drives this movie, but the main character goes to a wedding, where she sees all different types of personalities "driven" by their peptides*, and then the film cuts to the dance floor, where we are spliced between people dancing, sometimes surrounded by CG peptides, and a fully CG scene, filled with dancing peptides. The film, at that point, was trying to tell us how we're "addicted to emotions," so we're treated to the full song of that smash hit, "Addicted to Love."

This scene was redeeming, because anyone who could go through THAT scene, and still take this movie seriously...well, you are the ones that need to "open your eyes."


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