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At Theaters: 6/16/2006 On Video: 9/26/2006
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469951
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Two people correspond through the lake house's mailbox and confirm that they are living two years apart. Determined to bridge the distance between them at last and unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary connection, they tempt fate by arranging to meet. But, by trying to join their two separate worlds, they could risk losing each other forever.
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Drama Romantic - This is a subdued romantic drama/fantasy aimed at adult moviegoers, particularly women and couples. Fans of Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves should especially enjoy though fans of the latter's more action-oriented work won't find much of that here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Keanu Reeves CONSTANTINE, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Sandra Bullock CRASH, MISS CONGENIALITY 2 ARMED AND FABULOUS
Dylan Walsh BLOOD WORK
Shohreh Aghdashloo THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
Christopher Plummer INSIDE MAN, THE NEW WORLD, MUST LOVE DOGS
Director: Alejandro Agresti VALENTIN
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 3 S-words, 1 GD, ver few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A car crash; a man hit by a car.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic dialogue/banter; cute kid and animal humor.
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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average The Lake House also has the odd distinction of raising metaphysical questions without boasting an overly intelligent storyline. Despite the conventional ending, which has a tacky, tacked-on feel, the movie is designed for those who are more adventurous when it comes to romance.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good It succeeds despite being based on two paradoxes: time travel, and the ability of two people to have conversations that are, under the terms established by the film, impossible. What I respond to in the movie is its fundamental romantic impulse. It makes us hope these two people will somehow meet.

USA Today Full Review
Below Average The Lake House is one of the more befuddling movies of recent years. The premise makes no sense, no matter how you turn it around in your head.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 154 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
High
88%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
High
88%
30+Adults (M)
22
High
91%
30+Adults (F)
57
High
91%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 154 moviegoers:These opinions are very good, but not quite great. A little less than three-quarters enjoyed it very much rating it "Very Good" or higher. Unfortunately, many of the remaining opinions were average to below average. Since just a few actually disliked it and most really enjoyed it, I have no problem recommending "The Lake House" to everyone.


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Feeling that it's time for a change in her life, Dr. Kate Forster (SANDRA BULLOCK) leaves the suburban Illinois locale where she completed her residency and takes a job at a busy Chicago hospital. One thing she is reluctant to leave behind is the uniquely beautiful house she's been renting – a spacious and artfully designed refuge with large windows that overlook a placid lake. It's a place in which she felt her true self. It is a winter morning in 2006.

On her way to the city, Kate leaves a note in the mailbox for house's next tenant, asking him to forward her mail and noting that the inexplicable painted paw prints he might notice by the front door were there when she moved in.

But when the next tenant arrives, he sees a much different picture. Alex Wyler (KEANU REEVES), a talented but frustrated architect working at a nearby construction site, finds the lake house badly neglected: dusty, dirty and overgrown with weeds. And no sign of paw prints anywhere.

The house has special meaning for Alex. In a happier time it was built by his estranged father (CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER), a renowned architect who allowed his professional acclaim to grow at the expense of his family life. Alex feels a sense of peace here now and commits to restoring the property to its original beauty. He disregards Kate's note until, days later, while painting the weather-beaten jetty he sees a stray dog run across the fresh paint and then towards the entrance of the house, leaving paw prints exactly where she said they'd be. Baffled, Alex writes back, saying that the house had no occupant before him and wondering how she could have known about the dog; while Kate, who just left it a week ago, imagines he is playing some kind of joke on her and fires back a reply.

Just for argument's sake, what day is it there?

April 14, 2004.

No, she says. It's April 14, 2006.

The same day, two years apart.

Can this be happening?

As Kate and Alex continue to correspond through the lake house's mailbox they confirm that they are, incredibly, impossibly, living two years apart, and each at a time in their lives when they are struggling with past disappointments and trying to make a new start. Sharing this unusual bond, they reveal more of themselves to one another with each passing week – their secrets, their doubts and dreams, until they find themselves falling in love.

Determined to bridge the distance between them at last and unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary connection, they tempt fate by arranging to meet. But, by trying to join their two separate worlds, they could risk losing each other forever.

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