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A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected.

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Edward Sullivan
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Wayne
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Margaret Sullivan
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Nancy
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"Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks. Written by Unknown

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Rated R for violence and terror including disturbing images | See all certifications »

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1 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Caso 39  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,350,570 (USA) (2 October 2010)

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$13,248,477 (USA) (12 November 2010)
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Trivia

Christian Alvart:  [mirror shot]  As Doug (Bradley Cooper) pulls hornets out of his right ear with a cotton swab, Doug is reflected by three mirrors, effectively showing him four times from all angles (and the hornets as well). See more »

Goofs

When social worker is driving home (at beginning of the movie) already in her subdivision, the car windows are all up then when she is parking the car in front of her house her window is down and in another angle of her getting out (continuous motion) it is up again. See more »

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[first lines]
Lillith Sullivan: [waking] I can see you.
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Featured in Phelous & the Movies: Phelous Is on Case 39 (2010) See more »

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Jamaican Girl
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Performed by Obie Trice featuring Brick and Lace (as Brick & Lace)
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Nothing great or very memorable, but entertaining
9 April 2010 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Case 39 would have been a bit predictable even if the trailer had not revealed the mystery behind its story.For better or for worse, the story is an homogeneous combination of the well known elements we have seen on many movies which show kids involved on paranormal events.However, despite its lack of innovation, I had a good time watching Case 39, thanks to Christian Alvart's concise and dynamic direction and the competent performances from Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland and Callum Keith Rennie.

There are various elements in the screenplay we have seen in other movies.However, even though the story lacks of originality, Case 39 is entertaining, because Alvart created a good rhythm and some solid moments of tension.What is more, the story is well structured.

Zellweger made her return to horror with Case 39 after 15 years (since her unworthy appearance on the atrocious The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre).In recent years, she has created a very different image, but her performance in Case 39 feels realistic and effective.Ferland creates a good aura of threaten with her role; I liked not to see her trying to apparent evilness, because that is the point where almost all the child actors I have seen in the past in similar movies fail.And even though he has short screen-time, Rennie brings a good level of intensity to his character.As for the rest of the actors, they feel a bit bland.

In summary, Case 39 is nothing extraordinary or highly memorable; but I think it is effective for having a good time, and I recommend it because of that.


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