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Compliance | 2012 | R | - 7.3.6

Based on the true story of a fast-food worker (Dreama Walker) that was strip-searched and sexually violated after an unknown caller tells one of her colleagues (Ann Dowd) that he is a police officer and needs her help in a police investigation. Also with Pat Healy, Bill Camp and James McCaffrey. Directed by Craig Zobel. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - We see what is implied to be a young woman, fully nude with an apron covering the young woman's front, kneeling in front of a man and oral sex is implied but not seen; we later hear the man refer to the incident as "I did a bad thing" and we hear a man refer to the experience as a "sexual assault" and "rape."
 A young woman covers herself after a man instructs another man (over the phone) to have a young woman remove an apron that is covering her nude body; we see the young woman's bare breasts as the man on the phone asks the man to describe her nipples; he continues instructing the man to tell the young woman to bend over and hold her ankles and then asks for a description of the young woman's pubic hair. We see a young woman pull an apron over her nude body (no nudity is seen) and a man is holding a phone next to the young woman's crotch. We see a nude young woman (we see her bare breasts) doing jumping jacks after a man over the phone instructs a man to watch the young woman do jumping jacks.
 A woman tells a young woman that she will have to strip search her as we hear an unseen man over the phone instructing the woman to have the young woman "strip down," we see the young woman remove her shirt (she is seen wearing a bra and underwear) as the unseen man asks the woman what type of underwear the young woman is wearing and instructs the woman that she will have to take off the young woman's underwear; the woman tells the young woman to take off her underwear while a second woman in the room balks at the suggestion and the young woman removes her bra and underwear (we see her bare breasts until the young woman covers her breasts with her hands) and the second woman offers the young woman an apron to cover herself.
 A man instructs a young woman that she has to bend over his lap (the young woman is nude and wearing only an apron); we see the action of the man spanking the young woman but do not see her bare buttocks.
 A young man appears surprised when he sees the bare profile of a young woman's breast behind an apron and a woman explains to the young man that she had been instructed to strip search the young woman.
 Over the phone, an unseen man instructs a woman to strip search a young woman; the woman tells the man that she is uncomfortable, but tells the young woman that she will have to strip search her or she will have to go to jail. Over the phone, a man instructs a young man to take off a young woman's apron and "inspect her whole body"; the young man acts appalled and then storms away, telling a woman that he is unable to strip search a young woman. A man tells another man that he needs to insist that a young woman take off an apron covering her nude body. Over the phone, an older man tells a man to take off a young woman's clothing and the older man insists that he cannot put himself in that situation. A man tells another man that he needs to instruct a young woman to take off her clothing, saying that he needs to take off her clothing and describe the young woman's nude body. A police officer asks a young woman why she had not just said no when she was asked to take off her clothing. A young woman tells two women that she keeps getting cell phone pictures of a man without his shirt on, asking her to "return the favor." A woman tells another woman that her fiancé "sexts" her sometimes. A woman asks a man "aren't you going to kiss me goodbye?" as the man walks away.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man tells another man over the phone (they are both police officers) that a man had been instructed to sexually assault a young woman over the phone. Over the phone, a man instructs another man that he will have to spank a young woman because she had been disrespectful to another woman. Over the phone, a man instructs another man that he will have to spank a young woman, the man agrees, and the man on the phone explains that he will have to spank the young woman for a long amount of time while the man listens.
 A man shouts into a phone at an unseen person. A young woman shouts at an unseen man over the phone. A man shouts at a woman. A young woman whisper-shouts at a woman.
 A woman briskly tells a young woman that she has a police officer on the phone saying that the young woman had stolen money from a customer. We hear a man's voice over the phone tell a woman that a young woman under her supervision had stolen money from a person's purse. A woman tells an older man that a young woman had to be strip searched after she was accused of stealing money.
 A young woman tells an unseen man over the phone that she is "really freaked out" by a situation.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 11 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 7 scatological terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (big mouth, completely disobedient and unprofessional), 2 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - An unseen man over the phone tells a woman that a young woman's brother is suspected of growing marijuana and that the young woman might also be involved, and a man tells a young woman over the phone that he is searching her house for drugs and the young woman says that her brother does not use drugs. A man drinks a beer as a woman warns him to "not get too drunk," and a woman asks a man if he had been drinking. On two occasions a man lights and smokes a cigarette.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Brainwashing, interrogation, manipulation, impersonating a police officer, compliance, subversion, submitting to authority, based on a true story.

MESSAGE - It is very easy to deceive people if they accept you as an authority figure.

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