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The Forgotten (2004)

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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Christopher Kovaleski ...
Sam
Matthew Pleszewicz ...
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Jim
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Eliot
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Ash
Katie Cooper ...
Library Clerk
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Cop
P.J. Morrison ...
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In New York City, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of Dr. Jack Munce for fourteen months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam Paretta, one of six children in a plane that went missing, the plane and the bodies never recovered. In the words of Telly's husband, Jim Paretta, Telly has been holding onto the past like a "death grip", which has hindered her therapy. Telly does not appreciate that characterization as it makes it sound like Dr. Munce and Jim want her to forget Sam. Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing that grip on the past, until one day all physical evidence of Sam disappears, personal as well as public, such as all media stories of the plane disappearance. Subsequently, Jim and Dr. Munce try to explain to her that her therapy is to help her get over the delusion that she and Jim have/had a son. As Telly alone goes on a search for any evidence of the existence of Sam, the only person ... Written by Huggo

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On September 24th everything you've experienced, everything you've known, never happened. See more »


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

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24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Misteriosa obsesión  »

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$42,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,022,111 (USA) (26 September 2004)

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$66,641,205 (USA) (21 November 2004)
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Zak Penn did uncredited revisions on the script. See more »

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After the alien's attempt to make Telly forget her son fail, he is taken and everything is returned to normal in which the kids have returned to the world along with Ash Corell after he was taken. Anne Pope was taken as well yet her fate is left unknown. See more »

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[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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The Forgotten - soon to be on Lifetime for women?
28 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The casting was great, however the actors themselves I feel were less than superb. Julianne Moore plays a mother who has lost her son, and she's out to find him. To me, she came off more annoying than anything. Constant whining, obsessing, and flashbacks every 20 minutes can get under the skin, and is the last thing you'd expect from a 'suspense' film. 'Ash' was implied to be one who 'drinks away his sorrows'. However Dominic's drunken acts were less than believable. Watching this movie reminded me of those cheesy made for TV lifetime flicks where no name actors run around crying about lost kids.

I found absolutely none of it suspenseful. I have no idea where the Sixth Sense comparisons came from, as this movie has nothing in common with it.

To sum it all up - This movie is just a hyped up chick flick with a couple action scenes that fail to take the moment. The only reason I didn't walk out of the theater is because I was uselessly hoping it would pick up.


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