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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Robin Williams stars as the lonely manager of the photo-printing department of a large store who becomes obsessed with a family whose snapshots he's developed for years. Starting to see himself as a member of the family, he eventually confuses his fantasy with reality and the result is calamity. Also with Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith and Andrew A Rolfes. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see several photographs of a nude woman (exposing bare breasts and buttocks) in seductive and suggestive poses, and we hear about an amateur pornographer. A man forces another man and woman to get into sexual positions, he talks about what he wants them to do (he has her simulate oral sex on the man) and he photographs them (we see a glance of the man's pubic region, we see the woman's bare buttocks and a glance of her pubic region). A man and woman kiss and hug. A nude woman sits in a bathtub (we see her bare shoulders and legs), and a man is bare-chested with a towel wrapped around his waist. We see photographs of a man and woman kissing and caressing each other a few times. A man sits on a toilet with his pants and underwear around his ankles.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man slams through the door of a hotel room and threatens a man and a woman with a huge knife (the woman is hit by the door and appears to have a gash on her forehead). In a nightmare, a man sees himself with blood gushing from his eyes. We see slides of a retinal implant procedure. A man is chased by police and eventually he's surrounded by officers who have their guns pointed at him. Two police officers barge into a hotel room with their guns drawn. A man takes photographs of another man's young daughter and they are construed as a threat against his family. A car swerves in traffic and pulls off the road. A man pounds on and breaks a camera in anger and a man pounds on the steering wheel of his car in frustration. We see many photographs with the face of one person scratched off. A man talks about child pornography and taking pictures of children doing things that they shouldn't be doing. A man watches a family unbeknownst to them. We see a couple of clips of a fighting video game on a television as a boy plays. A voice over tells us that the term "snapshot" was originally a hunting term.

PROFANITY 6 - 12 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 3 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Tragedy, infidelity, stalking, mental instability, obsession, sadness, loneliness, desperation, coincidence, emotional neglect, betrayal, abuse, pornography, popularity.

MESSAGE - No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.

(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S6 - V4 - P6 - MPAAR

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