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Parents' Guide to

The Lake House

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Corny romance will bore kids.

Movie PG 2006 888 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

Great movie

The movie is GREAT I found it very enjoyable, it doesn’t have any inappropriate content i watched it with my grandma who has watched it a million times and it was very fun and romantic, the story might confuse and bore kids bcuz it’s past and future past and future. The cover didn’t convinced me but it turned out to be great. I recommend this movie 100%.

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age 10+

Great fantasy love story

I love that there are almost no curse words nor adult situations in this movie. It's like they don't make movies like that anymore, even PG Disney movies make jokes I don't want my kids to hear yet.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Evocative and sometimes lovely, THE LAKE HOUSE is all about waiting. While this refers to the central couple, it also affects viewers, who must wait for alternately obvious and illogical plot points to be resolved. Occasionally rewarding, this slow movement is sometimes annoying, and the switch from letter-writing-voice-over to conversation-and-split-screen is simply awkward.

Perhaps most disappointing is the movie's feeble use of the wondrous Shohreh Aghdashloo (X-Men:The Last Stand) as Anna, Kate's supervisor. When Anna observes that this mystery man "must write one hell of a letter" to warrant so much mooning, the movie briefly exposes its sense of humor. But his letters ("I'll find a way to be close to you, to take care of you") sound more like a Lifetime movie than Jane Austen.

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