Lady in the Water, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Atmospheric but unconvincing fairy tale about members of a suburban Philadelphia housing complex (Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Wright, Bill Irwin, Bob Balaban) who -- harking back to mythic times when humans and water creatures were friends -- attempt to return a nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) to the sea, while pursued by wolf-like beasts. Director-writer M. Night Shyamalan provides some trademark scary moments with admirably little overt violence, and the universal brotherhood theme is unarguably a noble one, but this aquatic "E.T." retread isn't terribly compelling despite skillful direction and solid performances. Some scenes of intense peril, suggested nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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