Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
Robert De Niro
When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by
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According to their gravestones in the final scene, the date that Mr. and Mrs. Baker died was 15 March 2000. See more »
When Ruby is signing on to AOL to check her e-mail, the modem can be heard dialing and connecting before she actually clicks the 'sign on' button. See more »
Scared the living crap out of me!
Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Who's Meryl Streep?
Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
So, what's next ladies?
I have to go home.
Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »
The plot: After her parents die in a sudden car accident, a teenage girl becomes suspect her new guardians have sinister motives.
This movie is obviously meant for teenagers. The girls can identify with the protagonist, while the boys can ogle the her, as she has several exploitative scenes. It's a bit of a clichéd, predictable thriller, but I doubt that teens will be very critical of it.
Most of the movie is a cat-and-mouse game between the protagonist and her guardians. Throughout the movie, all the adult authority figures are shown to be useless. It's a cheesy tactic used in most teen thrillers, so that the teen protagonists actually have something to do, besides wait for an adult to save them. For adults, it often ends up seeming a bit forced and difficult to believe.
Several of the characters are introduced, then never appear again, like they were completely forgotten. It makes you wonder why they were even introduced. Most perplexing is the uncle, who I would have thought would have custody of his niece and nephew -- but, no, the parents decided to give custody to their next door neighbors! Bizarre. And, when things start to get weird with the next door neighbors, not a single person suggests living with the uncle. It's like everyone forgot that there's even any relatives still alive.
If you're a kid, this movie probably works a lot better. You'll focus on the horror of losing your parents, living with creepy people that you barely know, and moving to a new city. Adults, however, will probably just be bored.
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