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Lady in the Water [2006] [PG-13] - 2.7.1



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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An unassuming and quiet man (Paul Giamatti), who works as an apartment building superintendent, rescues an unusual young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) and discovers that she's actually a character from a bedtime story. Moreover, it seems the apartment building residents are also characters in the same story and they have to help the young woman return to her own world for everyone's sake. Also with Freddy Rodriguez, Jeffrey Wright and Bob Balaban. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A young woman wears short and low-cut tops that reveal cleavage, bare back and abdomen in several scenes. A young woman stands nude in front of a man (we see her bare legs) and he asks her to cover herself up. It is implied that a young woman is nude, and wears only a man's shirt through the entire movie (her bare legs to the thigh are visible). We see a bare-chested man wearing boxer shorts swimming in a pool.
 A man and a young woman hug. A young woman hugs a man and caresses him around the neck and head.
 A man wakes up on his sofa and a young woman is asleep with her legs draped across his lap and resting her head on his shoulder.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A wolf-like creature snarls at a man, the man turns to run and the creature attacks and kills him (we hear the man scream and see him being pulled down). Three monkey-like creatures jump out of trees and attack a wolf-like creature (we hear pounding and squishing and see them drag it into the thick woods).
 A wolf-like creature grabs and drags a young woman through tall grass (the woman is unconscious and has large cuts on her legs). A wolf-like creature breaks through a glass window snarling and snapping and trying to reach a young woman (she gets away). We see the glowing red eyes of a wolf-like creature hiding in the grass: the creature rises and a man faces it, the creature lunges toward him and we see the man lying face down on a patio (the creature is gone and the man is unharmed).
 A wolf-like creature walks toward a man and a young woman but it is steered away by another man. A young woman runs into an apartment building whimpering and crying, with large scratches on her legs from a wolf-like creature that attacked her.
 A man carries a sleeping young woman out of his apartment and toward a swimming pool, he hears snarling and deep growling coming from the tall grass around it, and we see a dark, wolf-like creature moving toward them; the young woman wakes up and screams, and the man screams and runs carrying her back inside, while the creature lunges at them.
 A wolf-like creature prowls in the grass surrounding a swimming pool through much of the movie and we hear it snarling and growling. Something moves in a dark swimming pool and a man goes in to investigate afraid that whoever it is, is drowning.
 A man slips on the side of a pool, falls hard on the cement and rolls into the pool unconscious (we see him unharmed in his bed later). A man swims through a pool drain, along a passageway and into a room where he becomes stuck when the door jams; he struggles to get the door open before he drowns (he does get out).
 A young woman has a large cut on her leg that does not appear to heal. Several people scream because of a large hairy bug that is under their cabinets, and a man kills the bug with a broom handle (he has to hit it repeatedly to kill it and the people scream with each blow).
 We see drawings of wolf-like creatures attacking humanoid beings and we see one wolf holding a being in its mouth. Several people carrying household implements (brooms and mops) patrol around a swimming pool.
 A man vomits at a party after drinking too much alcohol (we see the goo and hear the gagging).
 We hear that a man's wife and children were murdered during a robbery. We hear that the scratch from a wolf-like creature is poisonous. We hear a woman talking about a smell from a neighboring apartment and that she fears something may have died in there. A woman talks about her husband having a growth on his buttocks.

PROFANITY 1 - 2 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (dumb), 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Several men smoke cigarettes in several scenes. A man yells at several men who are smoking. People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in a party scene. People are shown drinking beer in a few scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, violence, evil, human nature, listening to messages, healing, community, hope, movie criticism, faith, seeds of change, courage, responsibility, laws, secrets, superstition, originality, prophets, sea nymphs, fairy tales, bedtime stories, guilt, giving up on life, metaphors, stuttering, tragedy, murder, grief, death of a spouse and children, sorrow, grief.

MESSAGE - Everyone has a purpose. We are all connected.

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