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Jakob the Liar | 1999 | PG-13 | - 2.5.2

Robin Williams is a widowed Jew in 1945 Poland who befriends a young runaway girl and fabricates stories about the war to offer hope for his fellow prisoners. Also with Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, Michael Jeter, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Liev Schreiber, Nina Siemaszko and Mathieu Kassovitz. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman and man kiss in bed and a man and woman get out of bed (both times the woman is wearing a slip.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A main character is shot at point-blank range and we see the fallen corpse in a bloody shirt. We see four people hanging from nooses (no blood is visible); also, a man hangs himself (we don't actually see him do it, but we see him getting ready to wrap the noose around his neck and then later we see a close-up of his dangling corpse). A man drinks poison and kills himself. We hear many gunshots and it's implied people are being shot but we don't see anyone die; some threatening with guns. Men are punched, kicked and beaten with clubs; a man is punched and beaten and we see his bruised and bloody face. A man is tortured by repeatedly having his head dunked in water.

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LANGUAGE 2 - A few anatomical references, mild obscenities and insults.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Holocaust, concentration camps, honesty vs. lying, hope, war, relationships.
MESSAGE - Sacrifice yourself for the good of others.
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