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Hide and Seek (2005)

Cast: Gary Tacon, Gary Tacon, Darren Cerullo, more...
Director: John Polson, John Polson
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A newly single father discovers his daughter is caught up in a web of evil in this thriller. David Callaway (Robert De Niro) has been left to raise his nine-year-old daughter, Emily (Dakota Fanning), on his own after the unexpected death of his wife. David is at first amused to discover that Emily has created an imaginary friend named "Charlie," but it isn't long before "Charlie" develops a sinister and violent side, and as David struggles with his daughter's growing emotional problems, he comes to the frightening realization that "Charlie" isn't just a figment of Emily's imagination. Hide and Seek also stars Famke Janssen, Dylan Baker, and Amy Irving. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hide. That'll Do It. by talltale June 29, 2005 - 7:05 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
HIDE AND SEEK, in the running for worst scare movie of the year (The decade? No, "Secret Window" has a clamp on that), comes complete with four alternate endings with which you can delight yourself, should you have LOTS of time on your hands. If you start with the theatrical version, about an hour in, you will be rolling you eyes in disbelief at the rampant stupidity. Then--boom--a surprise occurs that turns that stupidity into sense. Not to worry, the movie grows mega-stupid in a whole new manner as the climax approaches (and seems to take forever to happen).

In this recent example of Triple M ("More Mainstream Misery"), Dakota Fanning comes one step closer to redundancy, while Robert DeNiro takes another step down in overall reputation (certainly in his choice of projects). Only Famke Jannsen comes out neither ahead nor behind--which, under these circumstances, can be seen as a minor miracle.

To listen to the commentary track and hear the moviemakers blather on about each alternate ending is to observe inane hubris in action. And I am speaking of Hollywood, not the current Bush administration.

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