The story follows Danika, a woman whose fears for her children are manifested in premonitions of death and disaster. Bierko plays Tomei's husband, while Hall is her psychiatrist and confidant.


Ariel Vromen


Joshua Leibner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marisa Tomei ... Danika Merrick
Hannah Marks ... Lizzie Geralds
Guy Camilleri ... Man
Akuyoe Graham Akuyoe Graham ... Patricia Guilford
Ori Pfeffer ... Bank Robber #1
Jeffrey Nicholas Brown ... Bank Robber #2 (as Jeffrey Brown)
Craig Bierko ... Randy Merrick
Kyle Gallner ... Kurt Merrick
Nicki Prian ... Lauren Merrick (as Nicky Prian)
Ridge Canipe ... Brian Merrick
Regina Hall ... Dr. Evelyn Harris
Jacqueline Pinol ... Nanny
James Avery ... Teddy Johnson
Tanya Linette Smith ... Sales Lady
John Ducey ... TV Anchorman


Danika is a thirty-five year old overprotective mother with a beautiful family composed of her successful husband Randy, two sons - the teenager Kurt and the little Brian, and one teenager daughter - Lauren. Danika is disturbed and near a breakdown, having dark and terrifying nightmares and daydreams; distracted in her work and consequently committing mistakes; and under psychiatric treatment with Dr. Evelyn. Her problems originated when her husband cheated on her with the nanny of their children, breaking her confidence in him. The lack of attention caused by her disturbed mind leads her family into tragedy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence, language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Craig Bierko joined the cast the day before shooting began, replacing the original actor cast as Randy. See more »


The movie is set in Baltimore, but in several scenes Los Angeles signage can be seen, including a billboard with an 818 area code. See more »


References Erin Brockovich (2000) See more »


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troubled mind
1 December 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Danika Merrick (Marisa Tomei) is a troubled suburban mom married to Randy (Craig Bierko). She is hounded by confusing visions and treated by her psychiatrist Dr. Evelyn Harris (Regina Hall). One vision of a bank robbery gets her fired from her bank job. She has hallucinations of a dead girl and haunted by a school bus.

It's a confusing jumble about a troubled mind. It's a jigsaw puzzle that is always expected to come together. For a better result, the movie needs to present a more standard life with bad hallucinations. It can't be that jagged and jumbled. That way, the final reveal of the reversal is more compelling. There is an interesting reveal with Evelyn but the others are not that compelling.

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Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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