Terry and Schumacher: World Renowned Movie Critics

Emily Terry
13 October 1998
Christian Ethics- G
Movie Review

My Dinner With Andre is an interesting movie. It addresses such issues as Levels of Being, Progressions, Self-awareness, and the Types of Knowledge. In this way the content is very adequate and meaningful. However, the way in which the director chooses to portray this incredibly deep content is poor. The situation is two men, Wally and Andre, in a restaurant, discussing their lives, more so Andre’s experiences, over dinner. With only one setting and no other characters that play into the plot other than Wally and Andre, the viewer has a tendency to loose focus. If the viewer does happen to stay focused throughout the movie, he or she will be lucky to gain important insights on life.
Andre addresses the issues dealing with the Levels of Being when he talks about naming all objects, including those that are inanimate. In this situation, Andre explains how in order to ensure that everything is treated with equal respect, everything deserves a name. He describes how, in his travels, he "met" a refrigerator who was named and a stove that was names something else. He said that in naming these objects, you would refrain from taking better care of one than the other or taking them for granted. He even made the parallel between the respect you have for these objects and the respect you would have for your wife. With all of this in mind, one must understand that this interpretation is one of the most common of the modern world, a world entirely enthralled in the ideas of science, however, it is an incorrect one. There are four Levels of Being, the first, m, is the mineral level. All matter has this level. The next level is x, the level of life. One could denote plants as m+x. The third level is the level of consciousness, y. Animals are considered m+x+y. And the final level is self-awareness, z. Humans are m+x+y+z. Surely, placing inanimate objects such as a refrigerator, m, on the same level