THE LAKE HOUSE
True Love Waits
Release Date: June 16, 2006
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock,
Dylan Walsh, Shohreh
Aghdashloo, and Christopher
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 108 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Robert Kirby,
Mary McLaglen, and Erwin Stoff
Producer: Doug Davison and Roy Lee
Writer: David Auburn
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Bullock plays Kate Forster, a single doctor who is forced to move from her lake house to work at a new hospital. She leaves behind correspondence asking to have her mail forwarded to her new address and receives a follow-up note from Alex Burnham (Reeves), which oddly has a two-year-old postmark on the envelope. As the two begin flirtatiously corresponding through letters, they soon realize their communication inexplicably defies boundaries of space and time. Alex, it turns out, lived at the lake house a couple of years before Kate lived there and is somehow communicating with her in the future. At first playful and exciting, their odd predicament becomes more serious and frustrating as they begin to fall in love. Heeding the lessons from her favorite novel, Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, Kate must learn to wait for true love’s mysterious and unpredictable timing.
An American adaptation of Lee Hyun-seung's acclaimed Korean romance IL MARE, THE LAKE HOUSE has all the ingredients of chick flick melodrama, and the recipe is as predictable as the plot’s resolution. Take a sulking, aging single woman, a dopey-eyed hopeless romantic, coat it with sappy dialogue dripping with extra cheese, and let it bake for about a hundred minutes. The final product is an eye-roll and smirk-inducing date movie that will quench the appetite of the overly-sentimental audience member, but leave most checking their watches by the movie’s halfway point.
The biggest problem with THE LAKE HOUSE is similar to Kate and Alex’s dilemma, one mocked by the laws of space and time. Because they communicate mostly through writing one another, which is presented to the audience by voice-overs, little chemistry is developed between the two love birds. The story fails to reveal why they are so taken by one another. Thus, their supposed connection seems rather forced.
At one point, Alex’s brother offhandedly quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, telling him, “Life would be useless without music.” Perhaps it’s no coincidence that one of the movie’s few redeeming qualities is its stellar soundtrack, which includes great tracks from Nick Drake, Paul McCartney, The Clientele, and Tom Waits.
THE LAKE HOUSE is happily devoid of many elements that taint modern love stories, such as sexual content and excessive foul language. The movie also contains many instances of moral behavior. The main characters exemplify compassion for those suffering, respect for elders, and love for their family.
THE LAKE HOUSE does, however, have a strong Romantic worldview telling people to follow their heart. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
THE LAKE HOUSE has all the ingredients of chick flick melodrama. The recipe is as predictable as the plot’s resolution. The final product is an eye-roll and smirk-inducing date movie that will quench the appetite of overly-sentimental viewers, but leave most checking their watches by the movie’s halfway point. THE LAKE HOUSE is happily devoid of many immoral elements that taint modern love stories. It does, however, have a strong Romantic worldview telling people to follow their heart. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.