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Lady in the Water (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery | 21 July 2006 (USA)
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Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

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Cleveland Heep, a stuttering apartment superintendent, encounters a girl named Story swimming in the complex's pool. He soon learns that she comes from the Blue World, and has a message for mankind. Will he be able to help her complete her mission? Written by JRF

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It's in the back yard. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some frightening sequences | See all certifications »

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La dama en el agua  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,044,396 (USA) (21 July 2006)

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$172,454 (Chile) (29 September 2006)
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The reason for the film's shockingly high budget despite being set in one location is because the apartment complex and the pool were built for the film. Some of this film was shot in Levittown, Pennsylvania at a Jacobson logistics warehouse site. (M. Night Shyamalan has committed to using films sites in PA.) The set, built on the warehouse site, includes the apartment complex and a half city block of row houses. Occasional footage was shot inside the overflow area of the warehouse. Most of the filming was completed after Jacobson work hours. See more »

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The Scrunt drags Story though the mud and grass grass during the attack. Story just has scratches on her legs even though she was dragged by her arm. Her arm appears to be uninjured. Her shirt shows no signs of mud, blood, or grass stains after the attack. See more »

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Cleveland Heep: [narrating] Once, man and those in the water were linked. They inspired us. They spoke of the future. Man listened and it became real. But man does not listen very well. Man's need to own everything led him deeper into land. The magic world of the ones that live in the ocean, and the world of men, separated. Through the centuries their world, and all the inhabitants of it stopped trying. The world of man become more violent. War upon war played out, as there were no guides to listen...
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7 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Lady in the Water (2006)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

M. Night Shyamalan's latest was apparently thought up as a story to put his kids to sleep so it's a damn shame the viewer has to suffer for him not wearing a condom. A landlord (Paul Giamatti) discovers a water nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) in his swimming pool so he must try and figure out who she is, what her purpose is and how to get her home before a hairy creature kills her. I enjoyed the director's first three films (not counting the first two, which I haven't seen) and I was hoping for some sort of a comeback after the dreadful The Village but this film is pretty bad as well. Even after two stinkers in a row I'm not willing to say the director is done for but perhaps it's time to bring in a co-writer. The story is as stupid and silly as the "twist" in The Village but at least that film was mildly interesting up to a point. The story of the water nymph is just downright uninteresting from the very start but I kept hanging in there hoping something would happen but it never did. Shyamalan tries to get a message across but fails horribly. The performances are all a mixed bag starting with Giamatti, who can be a damn good actor but he needed a lot more direction here. The comic undertones he plays with his character here are out of place for the film. Howard didn't impress me much either. I'm going to guess this film had a pretty big budget but I think it would have worked a lot better with a $5,000 budget being directed by someone like Jess Franco. You have a lonesome guy and a beautiful nymph who likes to go around naked. I'm sure Mr. Franco could have done a lot more with that set up than what's here.


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