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At Theaters: 7/21/2006 On Video: 12/19/2006
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 469963
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A modest building manager named Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman from danger and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. Cleveland and his fellow tenants start to realize that they are also characters in this bedtime story. As Cleveland falls deeper and deeper in love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures that reside in this fable and are determined to prevent her from returning home.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Sci-Fi Fantasy - This is not the scary/creepy mystery/thriller that viewers have come to expect from M. Night Shyamalan but a muddled, often laughable attempt at crafting a fairy tale-like bedtime story. Young children are probably the ones likely to enjoy the film the most though some sequences make the film too intense for them. This film is not at all what most are expecting--and most will be highly disappointed, to put it mildly.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Paul Giamatti CINDERELLA MAN, SIDEWAYS, BIG FAT LIAR, DUETS
Bryce Dallas Howard THE VILLAGE
Jeffrey Wright SYRIANA, BROKEN FLOWERS, SHAFT
Bob Balaban THE MAJESTIC
Sarita Choudhury KAMA SUTRA
Freddy Rodriguez DREAMER
Wri/Dir: M. Night Shyamalan THE VILLAGE, SIGNS, UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE
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The Story & The Storyteller
The Characters
The Worlds Of The Cove
The Guardians Of The Blue World
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Very few mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Creatures attack people and each other.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Some foot chases.
COMEDY: Some comic dialogue and situations.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Below Average For the most part, the dialogue is embarrassing. It's also difficult to determine how much of the film's humor is intentional and how much is unplanned. Maybe all the bad lines and funny words are supposed to be funny (in a campy way).

USA Today Full Review
Average ...The other trouble is the smorgasbord of apartment eccentrics (Shyamalan included) employed to aid her. They're sometimes funny — intentional humor does abound here — but they clash with, then kill, any mystic intentions.

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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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 149 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
24
High
83%
13-19Teens (F)
33
High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
Fairly Low
64%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
High
71%
30+Adults (M)
23
Fairly High
91%
30+Adults (F)
44
High
82%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 149 moviegoers:CAUTION: Very Mixed Opinions! Approximately half really enjoyed "Lady in the Water." Females enjoyed it slightly more than males and younger moviegoers enjoyed it a little more than adult moviegoers. The problem is the high number of low to very low opinions. Anytime you see this many "Poor" and "Terrible" opinions you should proceed with caution. Chances are most of you will either love it or feel it is, at least, an average to above average movie, but quite a few of you will not enjoy it at all.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Cleveland Heep (PAUL GIAMATTI) has been quietly trying to disappear among the burned-out light bulbs and broken appliances of the Cove apartment complex. But on the night that irrevocably changes his life, Cleveland finds someone else hiding in the mundane routine of the modest building - a mysterious young woman named Story (BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD), who has been living in the passageways beneath the building's swimming pool. Cleveland discovers that Story is actually a "Narf" - a nymph-like character from an epic bedtime story who is being stalked by vicious creatures determined to prevent her from making the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. Story's unique powers of perception reveal the fates of Cleveland's fellow tenants, whose destinies are tied directly to her own, and they must work together to decipher a series of codes that will unlock the pathway to her freedom. But the window of opportunity for Story to return home is closing rapidly, and the tenants are putting their own lives at great risk to help her. Cleveland will have to face the demons that have followed him to the Cove - and the other tenants must seize the special powers that Story has brought out in them - if they hope to succeed in their daring and dangerous quest to save her world...and ours.
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