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Overthinking the Movie Gremlins

So in my free time my brain likes to wander.  Sometimes it will just settle on a movie and start picking apart all of the intricacies.  This doesn’t make the movie any less enjoyable by the way.  If nothing else I think it just reaffirms that I have too much free time on my hands.  Below I will break down some issues I came across when thinking about the movie Gremlins.  For the record, I actually like that movie.

So anyone that has seen Gremlins knows the 3 rules for keeping a Mogwai as a pet.

  1. Don’t expose them to sunlight.
  2. Don’t spill water on them.
  3. Don’t feed them after midnight.

So you can’t expose them to sunlight.  Then they must really suffer from vitamin D deficiency unless supplements are part of their diet regimen.  Also, studies have linked limited exposure to the sun to depression.  Based solely on rule number 1 these guys are in bad shape.

You can’t get them wet unless you want them to multiply.  But can they drink water?  This is never explained and it has really got me perplexed.  Any mammal on earth needs some form of water to survive.  Don’t these little guys?  I realize that it only makes them multiply but that is actually worse for their own personal safety.  If they are already dehydrated because they can’t have water, then you spill water on them and they start reproducing like crazy, that is just further reducing what water, nutrients etc. they need to survive.  As discussed above they are already Vitamin D deficient so they can’t afford to make it worse.

The most important rule of all is that you can’t feed them after midnight.  If you do it somehow changes them from this cute little fella

to this weird looking thing that for some reason has a mohawk even though it is obvious he is part of the reptile family (and reptiles aren’t scientifically able to have hair)

So here is where things get tricky.  What time zone does midnight relate to? EST, MST, PST; maybe even somewhere over in Europe.  And don’t tell me it is just based on where they reside at the time because that is just ludicrous.  Biologically speaking how would their bodies know whether they are in England, China, or Canada?  Also, when does “after midnight” end?  Technically, any time the next day is after midnight.  So is it midnight to sun up?

These are simply the thoughts in my head concerning this movie.  It has been a while since I have seen Gremlins so perhaps I got something wrong.  Feel free to correct me if I did.  I am also happy to overthink any other movies so if you have suggestions please let me know.

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    January 18, 2012 at 2:05 am

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      July 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you for those kinds words. I enjoy thinking about inconsistencies in movie and Gremlins has always been one that has stuck out in my mind.

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  6. Anonymous
    December 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    why do you assume mogwai need vitamin d? what about all of the nocturnal mammals in the world that don’t get sunlight?

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