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Subject: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: Goober on 07/28/06 at 11:07 am

The reason I bring this particular movie up is because it has been on alot lately on HBO, and I used to love this movie when I was little ten years ago.  Now, I find it enjoyable, but at times it gets pretty lame.

For is what kind of strikes me weird.

1. Omri getting all sick over the fact that his indian was alive, but went back to being a toy when he came home from school.

2. Omri's mother's reaction to him telling her he felt better....or, as he says, "I feel pretty damn good!"

3. A few minutes later, Omri requests granola and berries with cranberry juice.  Okay.....first of all, where in holy hell are they going to find organic granola, cranberry juice and berries?  And, they did not have cranberry jouce, or any other jiuce, back in 17??.  And how was that tiny indian supposed to drink from a glass?  

4. When the kid was getting dressed for the day, that tiny indian wasn't in sight, was he?

5. That story he was writing about his indian, what he only wrote that within a matter of days, or minutes....even seconds?  And, while all these other kids were writing true stories about JFK and finding X-Men collectables, why didn't anyone else aside from Omri's friend look at him weird?  The teacher even passed it off as brilliant.  Wouldn't he be a little suspicious?

6. Didn't any of the teachers/faculty/staff at Omri's school notice that they were missing valuable indian figures, being replaced with other toys?

7. What was the deal with Omri's dad yelling at him about the tools?  Come to think about it, this has to be one of the weirdest head-scratching scenes in the whole movie.  He buried the tools?!  Why?!  What was up with that?!  And, rather than saying "What am I supposed to do?", the kid should have apologized and said he'll dig them up (still.....burying tools?  ???)  Then, the dad just shrugs it off and Omri insists on going to the hardware store alone, rather than having his dad go with him.  Wouldn't he rather have had his dad go with them then stay at home and maybe discover the little indian running around in his room?

8.  "YOU DON'T DESERVE THAT, HAIR!!!!!"  This is what one yells to another who just robs you?  What, did Omri know the kid from school, or the neighborhood?

9. Why didn't the mother worry about how Omri and his friend were walking so that the cowboy and the indian wouldn't get smashed around inside the fanny pack.  And, when only one kid was wearing the pouch containing the cowboy and indian, why were both kids walking funny?  And didn't anybody else notice?

10. When Omri's friend was about to show everyone the living toys, why does Omri shout "YOU CAN'T USE PEOPLE!!!"  What does that mean, exactly?  And, then, Omri forgets the whole thing and has Patrick sleep over.

11. Wouldn't the two boys worry about one of the parents walking in on them watching television with two tiny living people?  That was the parents' bedroom they were in.

12. The cowboy seems to shrug off nearly being killed by the indian, and continues to be friendly with him.

13. The kid decides the cowboy and indian have to go back to where they came from.  All he has to do is put them inside the magic cupboard and turn the key.  But, just as easily, Omri could also put them in, turn the key, and they come back to life again.  And, I am pretty certai that Omri would like to keep his toy indian in his magic cupboard.  Everytime he opens the door, then locks it again, the indian and cowboy will come back to life, as will all his other toys, unless the cupboard loses its magic, or whatever.  So, Omri balling his eyes out is really pointless, then telling the conclusion of his story, that he may never see him again, or know how he is, or where he is.  That was kind of a plot hole of you think about it.

14. Something I was wondering throughout the entire movie.  Okay, I'm pretty sure Omri's mother, or father for that matter, will enter Omri's room to take clothes for laundry, or straighten things up.  Wouldn't Omri worry about his parents seeing this tiny living indian roming around his room?

15. Why didn't anyone hear Omri talking to his toys and wonder what was going on?

16. Didn't Omri's mother and/or father have jobs?  It looked to me as if Omri's dad just stayed around the house, but I didn't see the mother going to work either.  How are they able to pay the bills?

17. Finally, this really bothered me......why did the camera person feel it necessary to shoot all thses extreme closeups of Omri?  He was not, in my opinion, a very pleasant looking kid.  Especially at the end, when Omri closes the cupboard allowing Little Bear to go home, and the camera zooms right in on Omri, allowing full view of his nostrils.  Then at the very end how the camera just circles around him after reading his story.

**And, this also got to me.  I kind of related to this even as a little kid seeing this movie ten years ago.  Omri just discovers his toy indian could come to life, but then within minutes of getting to know him, his father sticks his head in and is like, "Omri!  We're late!"  Then, the poor kid has to go to stupid, boring old school, rather than play with the living indian!  And, when he's talking with his indian, again, he has to go to school!  Seems like school cuts into everything!  I never had a living indian, or toy, but I would be enjoying something, or sleeping in the middle of a great dream, then I'd have to get up to go to school!**

Okay, this was a fun movie nonetheless, but some parts were kind of... ??? :o

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: Goober on 07/28/06 at 12:28 pm

Uh......hello?!   ??? :o

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: Mr Tumnus on 07/28/06 at 12:33 pm

Uh......hello?!   ??? :o

any chance you can use a bigger font dude

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: Goober on 07/28/06 at 12:59 pm

FINE!!!!  Sorry.  This better?!   ::)

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 07/28/06 at 1:01 pm

FINE!!!!  Sorry.  This better?!   ::)

That's better - it was really hard to see.. but thanks for changing it now. Maybe you could change the font on that message now so we can see it better?  :-\\  :)

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: Mr Tumnus on 07/28/06 at 1:02 pm

FINE!!!!  Sorry.  This better?!   ::)

yeah lose the bold aswell

are you also posting as the guest in the 'Jessica' thread? you seem strangely similar

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: karen on 08/02/06 at 8:07 am


you've clearly thought about this film a lot.  I'm not sure I've ever read such a detailed analysis of plot holes and inconsistencies as this ever before.  I find I am wondering if I should check it this film now

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 08/02/06 at 12:25 pm

I thought it was a pretty good movie, but then again the last time I saw it I was 8 ;D

Subject: Re: "Indian in the Cupboard"(1995)

Written By: P.E.D. on 08/03/06 at 3:05 pm

I never saw this film, but I remember my younger sister read the book (books..I don't honesty remember of it there was 1 book or a series)..probably late 1980s.

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