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Following the death of his wife, a man moves to the country with his young daughter in an attempt to put their lives back together. Things seem to be progressing well until the young girl develops a friendship with an imaginary boy named Charlie. When people start dying, the man begins to suspect that his daughter's friend might not be as make believe as he once thought.

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RQDUSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Let me cut to the chase. This film did not, at all, meet my expectations. The trailers lead one to believe that it is a film with supernatural overtones, but it turns out to be something else all together. The story line seems simple on its face. Alison Callaway (Amy Irving), a wife and loving mother, unexpectedly decides to slit her wrist in the bathtub one night, killing herself. Her husband, psychologist David Callaway, comes upon her lifeless body, and so does their beloved daughter, Emily (Dakota Fanning). Emily goes into shock and comes under the care of a therapist named Katherine (Famke Janssen).

Sometime later, when Emily's condition seemingly improves, her father then decides to leave New York City, where they live, and relocate to a small upstate town. No sooner do they move there, they meet the real estate agent and the town's sheriff, both of whom seem a tad peculiar. Moreover, there appears to be something not quite right with the couple next door, especially the husband. When Emily starts talking about an ostensibly imaginary friend named Charlie, the viewer knows that something is afoot. When David develops a new friend of his own, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Shue), trouble lies ahead, as Emily exhibits bizarre behavior towards her, as well as towards Elizabeth's young niece who is trying to befriend her.

As Charlie appears to be becoming an ever present and ominous entity in their lives, and Emily's odd behavior continues unabated, David remains the most kind, concerned, and understanding of fathers. He contacts Emily's therapist Katherine, who is very concerned about the eccentric behavior Emily is exhibiting. Meanwhile, the male neighbor interjects himself into the picture in a seemingly ominous way.
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I blame the director for this one.

You have a fairly decent concept here, some excellent actors, and good gory effects. You also have the director taking the script and changing the intents of lines.

First off, we have a tramatized child supposedly inventing a friend. This was not handled well. Even a fine actor like Dakota Fanning can't do much when a director is....let's just say she did the best she could under the circumstances, as did DeNiro and everyone else in the cast. The father (DeNiro) is patient beyond belief, the girlfriend pushy. Anyway, as peculiar things begin to happen DeNiro blames Fanning up to the point of impossibility. Her reaction to her father and Charlie was all wrong and totally killed any believability for the ending.

By making every single freakin' male in the movie queer ("Golly, which one is a killer?") he just trashed any pretense of suspense. Silly occurances and meetings, inane extras -- no point in any of it except to detract from a struggling film.

I can't but believe the cast saw the script and signed on, never imagining how it would all be turned around into a second rate flick. You know who is going to die before it happens, you know who the bad guy is going to be, and you wonder about bad continuity and dreadful choices.

Don't recommend buying or renting. Borrow it if you must see it.
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At one point I said to my wife, if Emily's friend Charlie turns out to be "X" I'm really going to be pissed. Charlie was "X". Predictable. Bad. If you liked the movie Identity - the lamest thriller of all time - you will like this. Dakota's acting is incredible but the story and premise are just stupid. Terrible writing. Did a 10 year old write this piece of junk? People are actually getting paid real money to write this garbage? There's more mystery, tension, and suspense in what lies beneath all that mold in the vegetable drawer in my fridge than you will find here. What the heck happened to the DeNiro we once knew? Pathetic. Just pathetic.
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This is a pretty strange movie and watching it without knowing about the MK Ultra techniques that the govt. used back in the day would probably make you hate and not understand this movie! Google monarch programming to get an understanding of it and the movie will make a lot more sense. Whether that program really existed or if it is effective I'm not really sure, But this movie explores what the side effects of messing with peoples minds like that can induce! I say watch it after looking it up and it will make sense.
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As soon as I hear that a certain movie is going to have an "unbelievable twist" I can almost always guess what it is going to be as I'm sure most of you movie fans do. This is one such movie.
After the apparant suicide of his wife, David (Robert DeNiro) a phsycologist decides it best to move his daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning) out from their familiar New York City home to the country side feeling that the change of scenery will help his daughter adjust to life without her mother.
Into a few days, Emily developes a disturbing friendship with the unseen "Charlie" who David feels is an imaginary friend thought up by his daughter to place responsibility of his wife's death onto him, but not directly from Emily. Only, when David slides on his music to write in his journal about Emily's trauma, does Charlie and Emily begin to play extremely chilling games.
There are a bit too many characters thrown into the story to obviously keep you clueless, which is no surprise that these characters really do not weave with the story, they barely flow which makes their motives for potentially being "Charlie" pretty weak.
Over all, Dakota Fanning is completely creepy, but that doesn't keep the story from being dreadfully long to the point. I understand it's keeping with such slow paced psychological thrillers like The Shinning and Taxi Driver, but it turns out to be simply... long.
Perhaps there are just too many movies out there like this to be original. But as far as predictability goes, it's not that terrible of a movie. But it is, I'm afraid, a one time watcher.
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