What Lies Beneath

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Cross between Fatal Attraction, Poltergeist.

PG-13 2000 130 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 15+

A nice, creepy thriller.

This film is quite good when you're in the mood for something a little creepy and you're into supernatural stuff. It's somewhat slow but the story is interesting enough to keep watching. I owned it on VHS for the longest time and just finally bought the DVD! Michelle Pfeiffer plays a mom named Claire who's only child is going off to college. Claire seems lonely most of the time even while living with just her scientist husband who works a lot. She meets a mysterious woman next door who seems utterly sad and afraid but after meeting the woman's husband, Claire discovers by him that his wife is actually dead. Claire then believes that the husband murdered her and that the woman's spirit is trying to tell Claire a message. Paranormal activities start happening around the house especially when her husband is working. The real truth finally unfolds with a nice twist at the end. The film makes you think and feel - may have you looking over your shoulder half the time. Violence isn't bad - mainly scary themed situations. There is references to a murder. Sexual content is average - references to adultery, Claire acts sexy in a red dress in one scene, Claire and her husband mistake late night moaning sounds for sex from outside, so they get excited and hop into bed. That's about it. There is some strong language for a PG-13. Good for teens as young as 15 who are interested, although I think more older 18+ and adults will enjoy and appreciate it most.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 16+

Starts off strong then goes a little bit off the rails.

I am not a fan of horror...however, this film has been suggested by many people and I finally gave it a go. That first hour is great! Captivating and creepy, the film feels like a how-to film for women being gaslit by their husbands. In the second hour is when it gets a bit more other-worldly and although some claim the film flies off the rails I think it is an enjoyable ride that fulfills its promise of a good time.

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