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The Man Who Copied [2003] [R] - 5.6.5



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Brazilian film about a man who is embarrassed to admit that he is a photocopier operator, so frequently he makes up stories about being a magazine illustrator. When not working he peers through binoculars from his room in his mother's apartment and watches a woman in a neighboring building with whom he falls in love. While watching one night he discovers her painful secret and he is determined to free her from her abusive father's clutches. With Lazaro Ramos, Leandra Leal, Luana Piovani, Pedro Cardoso and Juio Andrade. Directed by Jorge Furtado. In Portuguese with English subtitles. [2:03]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man lies in bed bare-chested, a woman enters the room, unties her dress, slips it off (we see her bare shoulders), climbs into bed with him, they kiss, roll over and it is implied that they have sex (we see her later sleeping with her bare back and leg exposed).
 A man peers through the keyhole of a bathroom door where his daughter is showering. We see pictures of nude women hanging on a wall (bare breasts are visible).
 A man and a woman kiss and hug and we see them lying in bed later holding each other (it is not clear whether they have had sex); his shirt is open and we see his bare chest.
 A man watching a woman through binoculars sees her undress to her bra and panties (we see cleavage, bare abdomen, shoulders and thighs) and we see her in a few scenes. A man imagines a woman lying down on a bed and zipping herself into skin-tight pants (we see her thrusting her hips and her low-cut top reveals cleavage). A woman wears tight fitting and figure enhancing outfits throughout the movie and men remark about her physical attributes. A woman wears a tight-fitting, low-cut leather dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders and two men ogle her. A woman wears a strapless top that reveals cleavage and part of the side of her breasts. A woman wears a short top that reveals part of her lower back and a tattoo. We see drawings of voluptuous women in bikinis (revealing cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs) and in tight fitting, short tops (revealing cleavage, bare abdomens and shoulders).
 A man's pants droop low in the back revealing a bit of buttock cleavage and the top of his boxer shorts. A man watching people through his binoculars sees a man in his boxer shorts and a tank top dancing to music. We see a man bare-chested in a few scenes (while he is undressing or imagining himself playing soccer).
 A woman tells a man that she'll go back to his apartment with him but that they will not have sex, and she explains why and for whom she is saving herself, and she also talks about self-gratification.
 A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes, a man and a woman kiss and hug, and men and women kiss each other on the cheeks as a greeting. A woman dances with a man, she puts her arms around his neck and another man watches them and appears jealous. Also, men and women dance together in a few nightclub scenes.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man chases another man, they run along a road, the roadway lifts to allow a ship to pass beneath it, they jump from one platform to another, they continue running, one man jumps from a flight of stairs, lands on a pile of sand below that has spikes sticking up and we see his body impaled (we also see an animated stick figure impaled with blood seeping out of his body).
 A man opens a refrigerator, there is an explosion, we see flames blow out through a window and we understand that the man was killed.
 A man remembers having hit a classmate when he was young (we see an animated re-enactment with blood pouring down the boy's face while the man relates the story) and we are told that the boy went blind in one eye. A man pushes another man back against a car, holds a gun to him, and then he slaps the man in the face.
 A man with a gun threatens two guards and shoots another one in the leg. A man shoots a gun at a target. A man waves a pistol in the air to scare away a man who is chasing him. A security guard holds a gun while guarding an armored vehicle outside a bank.
 We see an animated depiction of a female saint beheaded by a sword, and an animated depiction of a man being beheaded by a sword and then sprouting what looks like bat wings. We see a man with many spears through his chest and abdomen on a TV screen.
 We see a man coming into a darkened bedroom repeatedly, and it is implied that he was sexually molesting his daughter when she was young (11 years old); also a man peers through the keyhole of a bathroom door where his daughter is showering.
 A woman talks about wanting to kill a man. A man talks about hiring people to beat a man up or to kill him. A woman talks about her mother having died when she was young. A man talks about his father having abandoned him when he was four years old.
 A man steals money from his daughter's purse. A man sets a pile of money on fire in an empty lot. A man thinks about robbing a bank, and a man plots how to go about robbing a bank. A man talks about a shop having been robbed.
 A woman talks about finding bugs in her soup at a "dirty" restaurant. A woman bites her fingernails in a few scenes. A man is hit in the face with a plate of whipped cream.

PROFANITY 5 - 7 F-words, 15 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (wimp, sucker, stupid), 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages in a few nightclub scenes, a man drinks a glass of wine and smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigarette in a nightclub and in a coffee shop. A man tries to quit smoking and talks about all of the things that he used to enjoy more when he was smoking. A man talks about having sold marijuana and cocaine to make money.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sexual abuse, molestation, child abandonment, death of a parent, death caused by tobacco smoking, bank robbery, romance, gambling, lottery, guardian angels, masturbation, counterfeiting, desperation, murder, love, desire, disappointment, dreams, poverty, virginity, Shakespeare, tedium, stalking, voyeurism, destiny, fame, gratitude, money, getting rich, panic syndrome, time, beating death, growing old.

MESSAGE - Sometimes people are pushed to doing the unimaginable to find happiness.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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