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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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What if 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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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 Ash smashes a large window to exit from the house on Long Island, after the glass has shattered and fallen, there is still glass along the top of the frame as Ash and Telly start to walk through the frame. However, when the shot cuts to outside, we see them stepping through the frame and there is no more glass along the top of the frame. 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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17 January 2005 | by (Eastern USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that assumes all audiences are just complete morons, devoid of any kind of common sense and have IQ level of below 50 right from the start.

It's like a movie where the main character has amnesia, and throughout the whole movie he's trying to figure out who he is, and why he is being chased by thousands of secret polices from all over the world, but does not realize until the very end of the movie that all he has to do is look into his driver's license in his pocket.

The basis of this movie is that even the parents can't remember that their own kid ever existed because their memories have been wiped out selectively. But what about their relatives, the kids' friends from school, teachers, their neighbor, their friends, medical records, anyone from their neighborhood who might have seen them, and the kid's personal belongs? I mean is it possible to wipe out every memory associated with kids from anybody who ever interacted with him? There are so many other countless flaws that make no sense at all in this movie that it'll take days to list them all.

This is absolutely the worst movie of 2004.

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