The Lake House 

(PG) 3 Stars

Perhaps love stories and science fiction do have common ground. But gals, don’t get your guys revved up just yet. The Lake House is definitely chick oriented, and while the film has certain predictable scenes like all love stories, there are a few curveballs in the plot that left me second-guessing my own female intuition.

You can all breathe a sigh of relief because The Lake House takes place in real time and years we can all actually say we have lived through.

It is the year 2006 and it is the year 2004. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) is a medical doctor who recently moved to Chicago from a lake house rental on a lovely little site just north of the city. Her adorable dog, Jack — who looks suspiciously like Winn-Dixie — accounts for most of her social interaction. Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) is an architect who finds himself in the same lake house after Kate leaves. Or so she thinks.

From here, the movie takes a bit of imagination to accept the profound science involved in connecting time as the lovers try to figure out how they might actually meet each other in the “present.”

So ladies, you might be able to drag your boys to the theaters so long as you tell them that it is all about time-travel or, should I say, time-distance. The only difference between the film and Back to the Future is that the “time machine” is a mailbox instead of a kick-ass plutonium-powered DeLorean … and a few other minor details.

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