Hide and Seek

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Hide and Seek is a chilling psychological thriller about David Callaway (Robert De Niro), a man who is trying to help his daughter, Emily (Dakota Fanning), recover from the tragic suicide of her mother. When David observes that Emily is not handling the loss well, his solution is to move to a new town and begin forming new memories. But it doesnt take him long to realize that Emily prefers another coping mechanism. Instead of talking to her father, Emily begins talking to an imaginary friend named Charlie. And she appears to be acting out in increasingly severe and sadistic ways and then blaming Charlie. As David attempts to unravel the mystery of his daughters mind, he grows more frightened and confused by what he discovers: Charlie is very dangerous and may not be imaginary after all.

Hide and Seek brings nothing new to the movie scene. Several recent films have used the same plot twists and psychological themes at least as well, and the plot is less compelling than other films in this genre. Young Dakota Fanning certainly does a great job of looking emotionally worn-out, but in the end her work just adds another chapter to Hollywoods obsession with violence. Violent or scary films can be entertaining, but films like Hide and Seek disregard the limits of acceptability by blurring the lines between reality and fiction while casually including graphic, sadistic violence and turning tragic human conditions into entertainment. Before sitting down to watch this film, audiences must accept the lie that what we watch does not affect us. The truth is that everything we watch affects us, and Preview can imagine no good effects from a film like this.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Few (1) times moderate (OMG 1)

Violence: Many times moderate (man hit in the face with shovel, man slashed and threatened with knife, woman pushed out of a window, child disfigures doll, man is shot to death, woman is pushed down stairs, man threatens little girl); strong (woman shown dead and bloody in bathtub, cat shown dead in bathtub, woman shown dead with knife slashes, womans blood used to write on wall)

Sex: Few times mild (man watches/remembers his wife being kissed and caressed by another man)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times moderate (reference to a mans inability to satisfy his wife sexually)

Drugs: Few times mild (woman takes pills with wine, man and woman drink wine for dinner)

Other: Portrayal of mental illness, numerous frightening sequences

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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