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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.
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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 TodayFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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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.
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.