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Hide and Seek | 2005 | R | - 3.8.5

A psychologist (Robert De Niro) whose wife committed suicide, moves to the country with his young daughter (Dakota Fanning), trying to recover from the experience. Shortly after their arrival his daughter begins behaving strangely, and talks about having made a new friend named Charlie. Originally it seems that Charlie is an imaginary friend, but soon evidence that Charlie is real become painfully obvious. Also with Famke Janssen, Dylan Baker and Robert John Burke. Directed by John Polson. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss passionately (they are not married to each other). A man and a woman kiss on the cheeks. A young girl talks about her imaginary friend having said about her mother, "He would have satisfied her." A woman wears a low-cut, short top that reveals cleavage, and her bare abdomen and lower back. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and part of her bra. A woman lies in a bathtub and we see part of her bare shoulders. Also a woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A woman walks toward a closet, pulls the door open, reacts to what she sees, backs away, screams, falls through a window and we see her twisted body lying on the ground later. A man is shot twice and falls back dead. A man is hit hard on the head with a shovel, falls to the floor and is dragged into another room. A woman is smothered with a pillow (we see her struggle and hear her trying to call for help). A man wakes up with a start, walks down a darkened hallway into a bathroom where he pulls the shower curtain aside and finds his wife floating in blood-tinged water after she committed suicide by slashing her wrists; a young girl looks on from the doorway. A man wakes up with a start, walks down a darkened hallway and into a bathroom where he pulls the shower curtain aside and sees a dead woman in the tub: she has bloody slashes on her body and a knife is lying nearby. A man dreams about his wife's suicide, wakes up with a start, walks down a darkened hallway into a bathroom where he pulls the shower curtain aside to reveal the tub filled with murky water; he reaches in to pull the plug and pulls out a dead cat, he yells and recoils and we see him putting the cat in a plastic bag later. A man wakes up with a start after dreaming of his late wife, walks down a darkened hallway into a bathroom where he pulls the shower curtain aside and finds a message scrawled on the wall. A man walks into woods looking for someone, finds a man with a knife, he slashes him with his own knife, and runs into a house; the man follows and is slashed again (we hear squishing and see the man's bloody hand). A man hits a woman hard on the head with a flashlight, she falls back, and he climbs on top of her holding her around the throat, while she struggles and gags. A woman is hit hard on the head and falls down a flight of stairs and onto the floor below, where she finds a body with blood on his face and head. We see a man's arm with bloody scratches on it, and we see a man's very bloody hands and he is holding a bloody knife. A man looks for a young girl who locks herself in a room: he pounds and kicks the door, and eventually kicks it open (the young girl has climbed out the window). A young girl plays hide and seek in a darkened house, she looks in a closet, finds a hidden door, goes down into a dark basement, hears a noise, the lights go off, she screams, and a man charges downstairs to find her; the lights come back on and he finds her crying. A young girl drawing in a sketchbook tells a man, "I'm drawing you dying." A young girl tells a woman how her mother died ("she slit her wrists with a razor") and tells her, "I hope you don't end up like her." A young girl draws a flip book with images of a woman in a bathtub committing suicide by slashing her wrists, and the last page is colored with a dark red marker representing blood, a young girl draws a picture of a woman falling out a window, and a young girl draws a picture of a man dead with blood around his head. A young girl sketches her imaginary friend and he is represented with very dark, heavy lines. A man digs a hole in dark woods and buries a dead cat. A young girl threads a live beetle onto a fishhook (we see it being pierced, and green goo oozes out). A young girl draws on and squishes in a doll's face and gives it to another girl who is frightened. We see a man and a woman arguing. A man finds his young daughter's doll in the garbage with a badly mangled face. A man yells at his young daughter in a few scenes. A young girl runs through woods chasing a butterfly, comes upon a cave and looks at it as if she has seen something frightening; it is not clear whether she goes into the cave, and if so, what she finds. We hear that a young girl has died from an illness and see photos of her after having lost her hair from treatment. A young girl is very rude (almost threatening) to her father and new people she meets in several scenes. A man playing hide-and-seek pulls a closet door open and a cat lunges out screeching. A young girl stands at the edge of woods looking in as if she has seen something frightening. A young girl falls off a jungle gym but is uninjured.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, suicide, psychoses, imaginary friends, grief, death of a parent, death of a spouse, death of a pet, infidelity, happiness, trauma, friendship, dual personalities.

MESSAGE - The best way to get over the past is to start something new.

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