Parents' Guide to

Lady in the Water

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

More soggy than scary. Still, not for youngsters.

Movie PG-13 2006 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

Good scare, NO GORE, good messages!

So what if their are cheesey beginning and cheesey end. This movie has no gore, no sex, no anti biblical message. It’s got a diverse cast and no gore. Magical storyline sending the message thst 1) You may be the most important person in any situation 2) you must take action and participate in groups fir good to happen 3) you may not play the role you think- God may be using you for other purposes you won’t understand yet on the journey- just do your best 4) great things can be accomplished when we all try 5) your thoughts are with writing down- your thoughts could change the world! 6) Greater danger than you realize may exist and you’ll need courage! There’s smoking in the movie. It was perfect for my tween who wanted to be scared a bit on Halloween!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

A Glass of Water

Classic M Night movie with lots of twist and turns and over the top funny moments from a decade long passed. In consumerism people looking akward at cererals.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (6):

More soggy than scary, LADY IN THE WATER follows a sad, inward-looking man's efforts to make sense of random violence. Much like previous protagonists in M. Night Shyamalan's movies, Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) harbors a secret and finds salvation in a generous and heroic act. Once again, this act is prodded along by otherworldly and very carefully arranged forces. This time, however, the arrangement is awkward and overexplained, as if the movie doesn't trust viewers to get it.

Heep's own reading improves throughout Lady in the Water. His earnest enthusiasm, sharp wit, and utter commitment to saving his new friend Story suggest that effective readers look beyond themselves. Writers might also take note.

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