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In Dreams | 1999 | R | - 2.8.7

Plagued by vivid nightmares and visions involving an on-the-loose serial killer, Annette Bening tries to find the man and stop him from striking again. Robert Downey Jr., Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Paul Guilfoyle, Dennis Boutsikaris and Prudence Wright Holmes co-star in this DreamWorks production. Directed by Neil Jordan.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A few kisses; some are passionate. A man and woman kiss and caress each other; we only see their faces, but from their expressions they appear to be having intercourse.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man repeatedly stabs a woman and we see blood spurting from her torso; later, we see part of her blood-soaked clothing and legs. A boy shoots a man in a car (we see blood splatter on a window). A spike is shoved into a man's eye and blood runs down his face. A woman spills red ink everywhere, and it looks like blood; later, we see words written in red on walls in her house and she's found with bloody cuts on her wrists. While a man looks at himself in a mirror, two hands burst from it, grab his head and smash it against the mirror several times; words written in blood then appear on the walls in his room. Twice, a woman bites a man's lip as she's kissing him, and we see some blood. In two scenes, we see a dog tied to a bed, eating a bloody, decomposing corpse. A few times we see a woman -- presumably dead -- floating facedown in water. A corpse being pulled out of the water. A man and woman fall from a bridge into a lake and a woman purposely drives her car into a lake. We see flashbacks of a boy chained to a bed in a room that's filling with water and we see a boy undergoing electric-shock therapy. A multi-car pile-up. Some threatening with guns and knives and a few punches, kicks and scuffles (a few times we see bloody cuts on faces).


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 22 F-words, one anatomical reference, a few scatological references and a few mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Psychic phenomena, nightmares, murder, mental illness and its various treatments, child abuse.

MESSAGE - Never stop trying to convince people of the truth, even if they think you're crazy for believing what you do.

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