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The Lake House | 2006 | PG | - 3.4.2

Sandra Bullock stars as a Chicago doctor, who after moving out of a unique lakeside house, begins to correspond with the next tenant (Keanu Reeves) of the lake house, and begins to fall in love with him. But they soon discover that he is actually the earlier tenant of the house, having lived there two years before she did. Also with Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Alejandro Agresti. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss passionately and hug. A man and a woman dance closely together and kiss (the woman's boyfriend interrupts them), a man and a woman kiss, a man and a woman hug and kiss at a train station, and a man and a woman on TV kiss tenderly.
 A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage. A woman's nightgown is sheer and the outline of her legs is visible when she stands in front of a window.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is struck by a bus and a car is struck by the same bus (we see the man lying still on the ground and hear later that he died). We see a man in a hospital after having had a heart attack.
 A man grieves over the death of his father.
 A woman describes the plot of a book that includes a description of a husband breaking his wife's neck with an ax.
 A dog runs away from a man, and he chases the dog. A woman kicks a floor angrily.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 4 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (bitter old man, coward), 1 religious profanity, 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol in a bar scene, two men drink beer in a bar, two men drink wine, women drink wine in a bar in a few scenes, and a woman drinks champagne in a restaurant.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Time, death of a parent, death of a spouse, vision, beauty, birthdays, commitment, infidelity, seduction, control, first love, influence of nature on architectural design, life choices, second chances, fantasy, reality, creativity, Jane Austen's "Persuasion," heartache, estranged families, settling, forgiveness, living in isolation.

MESSAGE - Some things are worth waiting for.

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