The Lake House
Movie Stats & Links
Keanu Reeves, Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christopher
||Even though it's
PG, it's more adult fair, although younger girls would be
||It's a dudette
flick, unless you're a dude who can appreciate a sappy love
Bullock keeps her clothes on.
||There's a crash,
but nothing gratuitous.
||Quite a few.
||It was funny
watching the mailbox flag go up and down.
||Doug Davison, Roy
First off I will get some things out of the way. For
whatever reason I am a sap when it comes to a decent
romantic movie. Thatís sets it up pretty easy for me to get
into a movie like "The Lake House," especially when I am
also a big fan of Sandra Bullock and her killer smile. Also,
I love movies set in Chicago, especially when I can go "I
know where that is. Hey, I know where that is, too." There
was also a scene filmed about 5 minutes from my dude-pad,
which brings "The Lake House" even closer to home, and I was
in downtown Chicago when they were filming one of the
downtown scenes, and I almost got to see Keanu Reeves go
into his trailer (I was a few minutes too late, so said the
gathered crowd). And lastly, Iím still obsessed with license
plates, the same as I was when I watched "The Break-Up,"
because Iím pretty sure Alexís truck wasnít plated properly.
At least the design was the right one, though. Enough of my backstory, letís get to the movie story.
The Lake House
A Movie Review
Sandra Bullock is Kate. Sheís a doctor. She was living in
this cool-looking lake house, but moved out to be closer to
work in the city. Keanu Reeves is Alex. Heís an architect
who has lost the respect of his father and brother because
he is working for a subdivision developer. He moves into the
same lake house that Kate has recently vacated.
Kate left a
letter in the mailbox for the new tenant, asking that if any
mail for her shows up, that they forward it along to her new
address, and apologizes for the paw prints on the entryway
to the house and the box left in the attic. Alex gets the
letter but is a little perplexed because there arenít any
paw prints on the entryway, nor a box in the attic. Low and
behold a dog shows up, runs through some paint, and now
weíve got paw prints on the entryway. And so we are now
introduced to the magic mailbox that somehow delivers
letters from Kate in her world in 2006 to Alex in his world
in 2004, and vice versa. First there is the confusion
between them if this could really be happening, then they
accept the magic mailbox, then they develop a friendship for
each other through their letter writing, and then, well,
Iíll work to leave things at that so as not to ruin some of
the more interesting aspects about their connections, and
their various interactions between the years.
There is one simple thing you have to do to appreciate
this movie, and I was able to do it, and that is to drop any
predisposition to the space/time continuum, or how can two
things be happening two years apart, or the magic mailbox.
And I think I was able to drop all rules of time travel and
such because there was some interaction between our
hopefully happy couple between 2004 and 2006 that plays out
nicely. A couple of cool instances, that donít give much
away, were how somehow they ended up having the same dog,
and how Kate was able to help Alex with the death of his
And you want to also know what? Well, for a change, I also
had no trouble with the ending, although there is the sick,
sadistic part of me that would have loved to see the movie
end how it was, um, hinted at, especially because the ending
really does mess with the time-travel concept even more. But
I got over it, because I really wasnít digging Kateís
on-again, off-again boyfriend as she was trying to live her
life through those years.
If you are a sucker for a decent romance movie and can
just accept the magic-ness of the magic mailbox, I think you
will find "The Lake House" an enjoyable movie. If youíd
rather see fast cars, go see that new "Fast & Furious"
movie. I really liked "The Lake House," got sucked into the
entire concept of the magic mailbox, and in the end give the
movie 4 out of 5 stars. And for those of you who care, of
which Iím sure there are none of you, it was the townhouse
development of which Alex was a project manager that is
about 5 minutes from my dude pad. I would have tried to
visit the set, but Sandra wasnít involved in those scenes
so what did I care?
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!