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Lady In the Water

Director M. Night Shyamalan, master of movies with a twist, gets his feet wet in a different genre. Based on an Asian fairytale, Lady In the Water features a maiden in distress (Bryce Dallas Howard), some scary mythical creatures, and an unlikely gallant hero (Paul Giamatti). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Theater Release: 20 Jul 2006
Video Release: 18 Dec 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

In the film, Story reveals the future of some characters. If you could know what your future held, would you want to be told? What effect does the revelation have on Van? How might his knowledge influence his actions?

Most good bedtime stories have a moral. What lessons do you think this tale teaches? In what ways did the apartment tenants help Story as much as Story helped them?

Color and reflection are two trademarks of director M. Night Shyamalan’s work. How does he make use of them in this film? What other visual elements does he use to tell the story?

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