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Patch Adams | 1998 | PG-13 | - 2.2.3

Robin Williams stars in this comedy about a wacky doctor who brings love and laughter to even the dreariest hospital bed. With Daniel London, Monica Potter, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton, Josef Sommer, Irma P. Hall, Lee McCain, Harve Presnell, Daniella Kuhn, Jake Bowen, Peter Coyote, James Greene, Michael Jeter and Harold Gould. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A few innocent shots of a man's buttocks (not sexual at all); one lingers. A shot of another man's buttocks while he's getting an injection. Some sexual innuendo and references to body parts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A character is shot off-screen (we hear a gunshot) and later hear about the assailant having shot himself. One woman has an infected leg sore, another patient has a bloody, gashed arm with a few cuts and a diabetes patient has a swollen black toe. Scenes of a children's cancer ward may be upsetting. Although we don't see much it is obvious that these children are suffering. A patient throws things at his nurses and one of his visitors.


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LANGUAGE 3 - A handful of anatomical references; some mild obscenities and scatological references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being a doctor vs. being a healer, alternative medicine, disease and death, mental illness, professionalism, masturbation.

MESSAGE - Don't be afraid to be yourself, however strange you might seem to others. Message for doctors: treat the patient as well as the disease.

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