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Running Time:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some frightening sequences

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Another strange and disappointing thriller from the director of The Village.

Lady in the Water
Set in an apartment complex surrounding a swimming pool in suburban Philadelphia, the superintendent Cleveland Heap (Paul Giamatti "Cinderella Man"), a sad middle-aged man who gave up on a medical career after a tragic incident to work at The Cove apartment buildings. He starts experiencing bizarre happenings after finding a strange but beautiful young woman named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard "The Village") living under the complex's swimming pool. She describes herself as a "narf" on a special assignment, and oddly, Cleveland's pronounced stutter vanishes whenever he's around her. He agrees to help her fulfill her mission, working along with the Cove's wacky residents to try to solve the mysteries that surround this strange woman.

The movie does have some horrifying creatures, particularly the Scrunt, who is as fierce and deadly as any movie werewolf, and manages to provide a few frightening moments. Director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") attempts to keep you on edge by frightening you every time a sprinkler goes off. But besides a wonderful performances by Paul Giamatti and Bob Balaban ("Gosford Park") who steals every scene he's in, as a know-it-all movie critic, there's little to recommend this dull and confusingly contrived project.

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