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Any time Hollywood smells money in something, they overdo it. For every "Raiders Of The Lost Ark," there are fifty "King Solomon's Mine"s. For every "Star Wars," there are a hundred "Galaxina"s. And for every "Hunger Games," there are fifty "The Giver"s. This is another metaphor-as-world YA adaptation, but the twist is that "The Giver" was published decades ago, before everyone was chasing this particular audience. Maybe the book's great, but the film is labored and silly and so very, very straight-faced about how ridiculous it is. Either this is the most subtle spoof of an entire genre possible, or it's a lesson in just how wrong you can go when you're determined to tap into someone else's audience and you don't care how crass your attempt really is.