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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

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Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jared Grace / Simon Grace
... Helen Grace
... Mulgarath
... Mallory Grace
... Richard Grace
... Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
... Arthur Spiderwick
... Hogsqueal (voice)
... Thimbletack (voice)
Jordy Benattar ... Young Lucinda Spiderwick
... Helen's Co-Worker
Mariah Inger ... Nurse
Jeremy Lavalley ... Tow Truck Driver
Lise Durocher-Viens ... Mrs. Spiderwick
... Additional Performer
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Storyline

Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 February 2008 (USA)  »

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The Spiderwick Chronicles: The IMAX Experience  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,740,537, 17 February 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,195,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,839,667
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was also dedicated to Director Mark Waters' mentor, Stuart Rosenberg. See more »

Goofs

Simon tells Arthur Spiderwick that Arthur is his (Simon's) great-great uncle, but that is incorrect. If Lucinda is Simon's great aunt, then Arthur would be Simon's great-grandfather. If, on the other hand, Arthur is Simon's great-great uncle, then Lucinda would be Simon's first cousin twice-removed. See more »

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[first lines]
Helen Grace: [the Grace family arrive to the Spiderwick estate house] There it is. Pretty much how I remember it. I was younger than you last time I was here, Simon
Mallory Grace: Well, it's big.
Simon Grace: Yeah, so I can get bigger pets here, right Mom?
Helen Grace: Sure! Get a cow. Get a whole flock.
Simon Grace: [Simon smiles] Herd.
Helen Grace: That, too. What do you think, Jared? Jared?
Helen Grace: [as Jared listens to his headphones ignoring Helen] Okay, here we go.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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London Bridge Is Falling Down
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Written by Traditional
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The Spiderwick Chronicles
16 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Spiderwick Chronicles is based upon the books of the same name by Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black. The film centers around a mother and her three children who move into a mysterious and creepy new house pretty much in the middle of nowhere. The one son Jared who is the main character in the film, finds a book written by the previous owner of the house and Jared soon discovers that this is a magical yet very dangerous book that a lot of goblins and little creatures are after, but with the help of his twin brother, his older sister and some friendly creatures he gets the book to safety and also protects himself and his family from the evil monsters that want the book to do harm. Ever since The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter films have done so well, filmmakers are taking other fantasy books and turning them into feature films as well. The majority of them that have been released over the past few years I have not seen because for one thing they did not look appealing to me at all and also because of bad word of mouth and reviews. I wasn't sure what I would think of The Spiderwick Chronicles, but to my surprise I thought it was pretty good. The film is aimed at a family audience even though some young children might be afraid of some scenes, but this is a film that I think kids will absolutely love and there is enough here for the grownups as well. The story sounds simple enough, but it is enhanced by a lot of creative creatures and imaginative things going on. The young cast each did their own and carried the film and even though I don't usually like computer generated effects in films, I didn't feel it was overdone here just for the sake of showing what today's new wonderful technology can do and I really appreciated that the film didn't go overboard with that. The running time moves along fairly briskly and the film is involving and interesting from the start and keeps it's energy and charm throughout the running time. There were a few repeated story patterns and clichés in the script, but there were also a lot of surprises and new takes on things, so that can be forgiven. When looking at a film like this at a child you would like the magic, imagination and the story that is woven in front of you with interesting characters, environments and a grand sense of storytelling that can make the make believe into a fun and entertaining film. This is all captured very well here and works as a fairy tale for kids 8 to whatever age. A creative enough story helped by good film-making and an eye for what kids and adults love about these movies make this film a generally good and above average family fantasy film of the past few years.


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