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Psycho | 1998 | R | - 5.6.0

This nearly shot-by-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror flick stars Vincent Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen and William H. Macy.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A post-coital scene shows a man and woman in bed; we see his bare buttocks and her in a bra. A couple is heard but not seen having sex. Movements and sounds suggest that a man is masturbating while spying on a woman who's undressing (we briefly see her breasts from the side). A naked woman is seen showering and the camera lingers on a shot of her bare buttocks. We briefly see pictures of topless women in a magazine.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Two people are stabbed many times and killed -- we see lots of blood during one murder, and some during the other. One of the murder victims falls down a staircase. A man is hit with a golf club. During a scuffle, a man threatens a woman with a knife, a woman kicks a man in the head, and a man hits another on the head. We see a corpse with a spider crawling on it.


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LANGUAGE 0 - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness, murder, dysfunctional families, theft and betrayal, remaking classic movies.

MESSAGE - Evil can be understood as the result of mental illness.

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