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Three Identical Strangers | 2019 | PG-13 | – 2.2.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Three Identical Strangers” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some mature thematic material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few scenes of cleavage and references to sex, many discussions of separation of siblings for adoption and the impact it can have on them, and a few scatological terms and other obscenities. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Documentary about three men, Eddy Galland, David Kellman and Robert Shafran, triplets separated at birth, who discovered each other entirely by accident in 1980. They became a media sensation and opened a restaurant together, but also uncovered the disturbing circumstances of their separation and subsequent tragic repercussions. Also with Silvi Alzetta-Reali, Ron Guttman, Natasha Josefowitz and Adrian Lichter. Directed by Tim Wardle. [Running Time: 1:36]

Three Identical Strangers SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A young woman kisses a young man in greeting. A young man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A man discusses his birth mother and refers to her situation as being a “prom night knock-up.” Men discuss being sexually active in a few scenes. A man says, “Girls were kissing me.” Three young men talk about having the same taste in women.
 A few performers are shown dressed in dance costumes that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and legs to the hips. Several young women are shown wearing tube tops and short tops that reveal bare cleavage and abdomens in a few scenes. A woman wears a man’s button up shirt and thigh-high stockings (we see part of her bare thighs). A woman wears a bikini that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and legs to the hips as she embraces a man.


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Three Identical Strangers VIOLENCE/GORE 2

 - A man describes another man's suicide and that when he arrived on the scene, the police told him, "You don't want to see that." A man describes his adopted son's suicide. We hear that a man's adoptive father died. Two men talk about banging their heads against walls and the side of their cribs, or holding their breath until they passed out when they were young. We hear that people were angry when they found out that their adopted children were triplets that were separated by the adoption agency. Two men talk about being tested and filmed on several occasions when they were young. We hear that three infants were separated at 6 months of age and adopted to different families, none of whom knew about the others. A man talks about going 100MPH on a two lane highway and being pulled over by police. A woman describes three young men as "Running amok." A man talks a about another mean being in a psychiatric ward, and that he also spent time in a psychiatric ward. A man talks about his birth mother drinking heavily. A man talks about a teenage wrecking a car. A man talks about being a strict disciplinarian.


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Three Identical Strangers LANGUAGE 3

 - 4 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (lab rats, old [mild obscenity deleted], funny, dump, weirdest thing, bubelah, Casanova, bachelor, player, Nazi [scatological term deleted], funky, surreal, unconscionable, sexy), exclamations (wow), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Holy Mackerel). | profanity glossary |


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Three Identical Strangers SUBSTANCE USE

 - Men discuss drinking alcohol and refer to drug use in a few scenes, and four people hold glasses of champagne in a conference room. A young man smokes a cigarette in a TV studio, a woman smokes a cigarette in an office, a photo of a man shows him holding cigar, and several references are made to the fact that three young men smoked the same brand of cigarettes.


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Three Identical Strangers DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Nature vs. nurture, adoptions, separation of siblings, free will, heredity, research opportunities, psychological/developmental experimentation, Holocaust, Nazi experiments, twins, triplets, mental illness, schizophrenia, manic depression, death of loved ones, hoaxes, coincidence, guilt, responsibility, ethics, parenting practices and their impact on development, alcoholism, success, Freud, suicide, power, regret.

Three Identical Strangers MESSAGE

 - Biology seems to be largely destiny, but not exactly. Experiments that involve human beings can have fateful and adverse outcomes on the subjects.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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