Hide and Seek – Filtered

Theatrical Release: January 28, 2005
DVD Release: July 5, 2005


“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 doesn’t 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 daughter’s mind, he grows more frightened and confused by what he discovers: Charlie is very dangerous and may not be imaginary after all.

Dove Review

“Hide And Seek” is an intense and totally captivating film which kept my attention throughout, with a chain of events that keep the viewer in suspense the entire movie. A physiotherapist desperately tries to keep his nine year old daughter from falling deeper and deeper into the psycho world after seeing the suicide of her mother. Although a great attention getter ~ Dove is unable to approve the film because of several disturbing scenes that the viewer would not want his/her child to see.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Dead cat in bath tub, woman dead in bathtub water is stained with blood, woman thrown through a window, woman in bath tub with many scratches on her body, woman being suffocated with a pillow, man shot, diary flips page pictures which show man committing suicide in bathtub.
Drugs: Couple of times wine was consumed. Woman takes pills.
Nudity: Cleavage shown in low cut dress.
Other: None


Company: 20th Century Fox
Director: John Polson
Producer: Barry Josephson
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 105 min.
Reviewer: Debbie Satala