Lewis is a brilliant boy who spends his time inventing things. His latest creation is a memory scanner. He hopes to use it to retrieve a memory of his mother and to find out why she left him at the orphanage when he was just a baby. He’s been there ever since, and no one wants to adopt him—his imaginative projects are just a little too much for most people to accept, and he’s beginning to fear that no one will ever want him. If he can remember his mother, maybe he can track her down, and she’ll take him back. Then he’d have the family he’s always wanted.
But when his memory scanner display at the school science fair goes awry, he runs in shame. Why do things always turn out this way? Why can’t he be successful, just once? Frustrated, he begins to tear up the plans for his inventions, only to be stopped a boy named Wilbur who claims he’s from the future, and wants Lewis to return to the fair and continue his work with the scanner. Lewis is reluctant to believe Wilbur, but goes with him on a ride to the future in his time machine to prove his story is real.
Lewis finds himself enchanted by Wilbur’s family, the Robinsons. They’re a little off the wall, but they each spend their time exploring their talents and doing the things that make them happy, and they accept Lewis as one of their own. When they invite him to live with them, he believes all his dreams have come true, but if he stays, it will mess up the space/time continuum. Lewis has to finish his work in his own time or the Robinsons will not be the Robinsons in the future.
Combating the Man in the Bowler Hat who wants to claim Lewis’s memory scanner as his own, Wilber and Lewis find a way to set things back to rights, and in the end, they all get what they most dearly want.
I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, and so did my husband and children. There were moments of comedy throughout that offset the scenes of mild peril that might be a little much for a very young or very sensitive viewer, but your older children will love the film. I particularly liked the reference to Tom Selleck.
This film was rated G.
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