21. The Lake House
Release Year: 2006
Directed By: Alejandro Agresti
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Shohreh Aghdahloo, Dylan Walsh, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Lynn Collins
Release Date: Sunday, Sept. 1
What’s better than one star? Two stars! Well, at least when it comes to movies, not movie reviews or Yelp reviews or any kind of review come to think of it. Nevertheless, two major movie stars are coming to Netflix this September in one of the best new Netflix movies hitting your watch list. The Lake House, starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, has streamed on the platform before, but it’s back to give your summer one last good cry. Pop the popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and add the Bullock-Reeves classic to your movie marathon.
A remake of the Korean film Il Mare, director Alejandro Agresti’s The Lake House stars Sandra Bullock as Dr. Kate Forrester, who leaves a note in her rented lake house’s mailbox asking the next tenant to forward her mail to Chicago. That was in 2006. In 2004, architect Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) receives Kate’s letter and is dumbstruck by the details included in her letter. From that point on, Kate and Alex communicate via letters in the mailbox and begin to fall for each other without knowing if they will ever be able to actually be together.
The Lake House garnered mostly negative reviews from critics upon release, resulting in its 35% score on Rotten Tomatoes. However, some critics chose to overlook the confusing nature of its narrative and accept the film for what it is. Bullock and Reeves’ joint star power pushed the film to become a moderate box office success, and the reunited pair even won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Liplock, one of the most coveted awards of the 2000s, of course. Check out the polarizing romantic drama film when it returns to Netflix at the top of September.