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Lady in the Water
ID:
2006
Comments:
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Screenplay: M. Night Shyamalan
Producer:
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban, Sarita Choudhury
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 109
Aspect Ratio:  1.66:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Dec 2006 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$12.98]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  Or, if you prefer, "I See Wet People". M. Night Shyamalan's attempt at a newfangled mythology--about a depressed apartment superintendent (Paul Giamatti) who discovers a sea-nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) who may hold the key to humanity's hopeful future--is intriguing enough to capture the imaginations of children and adults who haven't lost sight of their innocent sense of wonder. Cynics, on the other hand, will likely scoff at Shyamalan's awkward fantasy, which includes one victim--a film critic--widely interpreted as Shyamalan's revenge against reviewers who panned "The Village". Shyamalan originally improvised this melancholy fantasy as a bedtime story for his children; unfortunately, it still feels mostly half-baked and ultimately ineffective due to a number of plot holes and inconsistencies that a writer as talented as Shyamalan should've been able to avoid. For those wishing to learn more about the film's troubled history, and Shyamalan's petulant split from Disney studios, "The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale" is an interesting read. "--Jeff Shannon"


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