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Hide and Seek revolves around a widower and his daughter. They move to upstate and Emily soon creates an imaginary friend named Charlie... but this act takes an unexpected and terrifying turn, where her father and doctor start to worry about Emily's gruesome habits. Written by
At the dinner scene where Emily is presented books, the top book is Charlotte's Web. Dakota Fanning would play Fern Arable, the main human character, in the live-action adaptation of the story, Charlotte's Web (2006). See more »
When David enters the first bathroom, the tub has foggy sliding doors, but after he opens them they disappear and the empty track guide can be seen. See more »
I'm not the greatest figurer out of plot twists, and I didn't figure this one out. If you did, then I can see that there would have been an air of disappointment over that aspect of the film. I didn't so, plot-wise, I had no problem with enjoying the movie.
I thought the ending was fine.
And, as usual, I thought Dakota Fanning was quite remarkable, holding the screen with an assurance well beyond her years (although I find her manner in the "Making of.." documentaries worryingly un-childlike).
I did have some other problems, though.
De Niro's character must have been the worst psychologist in the world, given his complete inability to apply any of his knowledge to dealing with his daughter's problem in any constructive way (and, yes, I know "That's because blah blah blah", but it's still a distraction when you're sitting there watching him to fail utterly to exercise a shred of competence.
I failed to understand some of the child's motivation for her actions and attitudes vis-a-vis Charlie and Dad, especially given the nature of the twist.
Elisabeth Shue and Famke Janssen - nice to see them, even if only briefly.
And De Niro - not your finest hour, Bob. Carry on like this, and Norton and Depp will be fighting over the "Greatest Living Screen Actor" crown, while you watch from the wings.
My score of 7 is a point or two higher than it would otherwise have been, solely on the strength of Dakota Fanning's performance.
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