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The Lake House
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Starring: Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christopher Plummer
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.thelakehousemovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Even though it's PG, it's more adult fair, although younger girls would be okay.
Date Movie: It's a dudette flick, unless you're a dude who can appreciate a sappy love story.
Gratuitous Sex: Sadly Sandra Bullock keeps her clothes on.
Gratuitous Violence: There's a crash, but nothing gratuitous.
Action: Nope.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: It was funny watching the mailbox flag go up and down.
Memorable Quote: Nothing totally stands out.
Directed By: Alejandro Agresti
Produced By: Doug Davison, Roy Lee

The Lake House
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:48 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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 father.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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