The Spiderwick Chronicles

Synopsis: Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it.
Director(s): Mark Waters
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

There it is.

Pretty much how I remember it.

I was younger than you

Iast time I was here, Simon.

Well, its big.

Yeah, so I can get bigger pets here,

right, Mom?

Sure! Get a cow. Get a whole flock.


That, too. What do you think, Jared?


Okay. Here we go.

Its okay, Mr. Tibbs. Its okay.

It has that old people smell.

Its just an observation, not a judgment.

Youre angry about the move. I get that.

Just what are you expecting

your silent protest will get you?

At least acknowledge this isnt

the way to deal with your anger

the way you said you were gonna do.

Say yes with your head.

Two blinks.


Mal, you and Simon take your stuff.

Wait in the foyer while I go look

for the main circuit breaker.

Okay, Mom.

-Get out of the car right now.

-Youre not my mother, Mallory.

No, lm worse,

because Mom doesnt believe in hitting.

-Come here, you little...

-And hes out of the car! Thank you!

Stop it! Im not gonna let you

keep acting like a jerk!

-lll do whatever I want.

-No, you wont!

Mom needs this to work, so cut it out!

-Simon, get her!

-lm a pacifist.

Youre so annoying.

You think you know everything!

-Well, I know stuff you dont.

-Like what?


-Thanks for having my back, bro.

-I dont do conflict.

-What are you doing?


Why? I told you it was only temporary.

Dads coming tomorrow,

and hes gonna take us back with him.

-I know. But what about Mom?

-She can have Mallory.

Come on, Simon, we cant stay here.

Look at this place.

Its the house that time forgot.

-And its got that...

-Old people smell, I know.

And whats this?

Salt. Theres salt on the window.

I know. Its on all the windows.

Yeah, and thats not weird.

Im guessing she put it there.

-ls that the nut bag and her husband?


Thats Arthur Spiderwick,

you know, our great-great-uncle.

The little girls the nut bag.

I mean, Aunt Lucinda, his daughter.

Shes the one who lived here

before they took her away to the...

To the...

To the nut house.


And whyd she get taken there?

Because she said

her father was abducted.

Because she said

her father was abducted.


By faeries.


Our crazy aunt stayed here

her whole life and never left, ever!

Thats not gonna happen to me, or you.

End of discussion.

Has anybody seen my keys?

I know I left them right here.


I guess Aunt Lucinda

liked honey with her oatmeal, huh?

And tomato sauce.


Where is my fencing medal, Jared?

-Hanging on your bed?

-lts not there anymore.

Well, find the bed

and youll find your medal.

Im not talking about the bed...

You know what?

Im not acknowledging your existence

until you bring my medal back.


Well, actually, youd have to

acknowledge his existence

in order to receive the medal from him.

Thanks, Spock.

Youre the pride of the Federation.

Jared, give it back.

I didnt take the stupid medal!

-Youre such a liar!


-Shut up, Simon!

-Shut up, Simon!


Were not gonna do this.

New town. New house. New job.

This is our new life.

Lets not fall into old ruts, okay?

I know this house isnt perfect,

but we can make it work,

if we want to make it work.

-All right?

-All right, Mom.

Shut up!




Yeah, we made it.

Whats that noise in the background?

You know, scratch that.

I dont want to know.

-Just because I dont.

-lm gonna go look for my medal.

Ill help you.


Its your dad.

-Hi, Dad.

-Hey, buddy-

Hows the Addams Family mansion?

Oh, the house? Yeah, its great,

if you like big creepy houses

in the middle of nowhere.

-Now, come on-

-Seriously. Theres nothing here.

-Youll see.

-Yeah, well, listen---

-Youre still coming tomorrow, right?

-Yeah, maybe- lm gonna try-

-Why maybe?

-Look, dont worry- lm coming-

Theres something

we need to talk about-

But tomorrow might not work out, okay?

-Y eah, I understand.

-Okay, good-

-Youll try though, right?


But lll see you soon, though- Definitely-


-See you, Son-

-Bye, Dad.

What did you say to him?

Cant you at least pretend

you want him to come and see us?

Jared Grace, put that broom down!

-Theres something in the wall!


You said you were gonna stop

hitting things when you got angry!

I know I said I was gonna stop yelling.

Please, please, dont do this.

Well clean it up, Mom.

You go to bed. You need to sleep.

-Nice move, pinhead.

-Shut up.

Somethings in there, moving.

Probably a red squirrel.

Very common in this region.

Or it could just be a rat.

We dont need any more holes

in the wall!

Great. Ill get blamed for that.

Check it out.

This is one of those things

they use to send food upstairs.

-What are they called?


Hey, those are Moms keys.

And my medal!

What? You still think I took it.

Yeah, Mal, you busted me.

I took your medal,

hid it here and re-plastered the wall.

I dont know how you did it.

I just know you did it,

because you always do it.

-And now youre gonna clean it up.

-You told Mom we were gonna clean it.

We means you.

Simon, dont you want to know

where this thing goes?

Not really.


Simon, wake up!

I went up. Its a room,

a secret room, upstairs.

Theres a desk and a chest,

and I found this book!

-Something was in there!

-A red squirrel?

No, not a squirrel.

Unless squirrels can spell.

It wrote in the dust on the desk,

Jared Grace, leave this place.

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Karey Kirkpatrick

Karey Kirkpatrick (born December 14, 1964) is an American screenwriter and director. His films include James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte's Web and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adaptation, along with contributions to the Smurfs films. He has also directed the films Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy as well as Over The Hedge. Kirkpatrick wrote the English-language screenplay for U.S. release of The Secret World of Arrietty, in 2012 and From Up on Poppy Hill, in 2013. His brother is American songwriter and musician Wayne Kirkpatrick. more…

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