Does It Matter That the Science in Lucy Is Preposterous? Three Critics Discuss.

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July 24 2014 2:26 PM

Spoiler Special: Lucy

Lucy.
Scarlett Johansson in Lucy.

Photo by Jessica Forde/Universal Pictures

On the latest Spoiler Special podcast, film critic Dana Stevens, staff writer Forrest Wickman, and special guest Sam McDougle—who has written about the faulty science behind the new Scarlett Johansson film—discuss Lucy. Does it matter that the science at the heart of its premise is completely inaccurate? Can we relate to a character who’s so far beyond human that she’s barely recognizable? Is the movie good-ridiculous, or bad-ridiculous?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 

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