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The Forgotten (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  24 September 2004 (USA)
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After being told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover there is a much bigger enemy at work.



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A grieving mother, Telly Paretta, is struggling to cope with the loss of her 9-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist and her husband tell her that she has created eight years of memories of a son she never had. But when she meets the father of one of her son's friend who is having the same experience, Telly embarks on a mission to prove her son's existence and her sanity. Written by

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Misteriosa obsesión  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,022,111 (USA) (24 September 2004)


£2,020,775 (UK) (17 December 2004)

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When Telly is in Ash's apartment for the first time Ash takes a drink from a glass. There is some liquor left in the glass but when he turns and places it on the counter to refill it, the glass is empty. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Jack Munce: How much time did you spend at the dresser compared to last week?
Telly Paretta: Less.
Dr. Jack Munce: How much less?
Telly Paretta: I don't know exactly.
Dr. Jack Munce: You wanna make a guess, roughly, for the week?
Telly Paretta: Oh, not even an hour a day.
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"I believe", Scully...
30 January 2005 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

Telly Paretta is seeing a shrink as therapy for losing her son in a plane crash, only she never had a son but is convinced she had. All the people in her life don't remember Sam including her husband. When she confronts the alcoholic fathers of another child from the flight they set out to discover the truth and the truth is "out there".

Part X-Files and part Lifetime movie of the week, "The Forgotten" seems to really channel Chris Carter's hit TV show, look it even has a redhead. The story is interesting and Julianne Moore's performance is sincere but you can't help but think that something is missing. The clever twist is good but they could have easily expanded the storyline and made it more "something".

Good but not great, "The Forgotten" seems to lack its own identity due to the derivative nature of the storyline which needed a bit of assistance from Fox Mulder.

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