Picture from Lady In the Water
Overall B

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).

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B
Substance Use C+

Talk to your kids about…

Lady In the Water

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?