Monkeyflower (2013) – By Brian Morton

I won’t lie, new age stuff largely eludes me. Maybe I’m not deep enough, or maybe I’m not hippie enough, but most of the philosophy they spout is gibberish to me. So, it’s safe to say that, when I saw Monkeyflower in my inbox, I was less then enthusiastic.

Monkeyflower is the story of two filmmakers, Michelle and Mike, who are doing a documentary on the ‘perfect world’. As they walk alongVenice Beach to interview people, they come across a group called The Dreamers. Soon, while filming The Dreamers, Michelle begins to believe what they’re saying. In the midst of this, Mike discovers that the whole thing is a sham, that they’ve been sucked in to a ‘reality show’. Now, disheartened, Michelle is lost, but discovers that, if she puts the ‘old gang’ back together, she might find a way to make sense of it all.

Monkeyflower is an odd movie, part satire, part comedy, part new age art experiment, and through it all, despite the fact that, at times, it doesn’t make much sense, you can’t take your eyes off of it. The story is weird (which I believe is the intent), the acting is good and, in the end, the story isn’t bad. I’m giving Monkeyflower, 2 out of 4 cigars, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re a new agey type, you’ll probably enjoy it. You can find out more over at