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Unknown White Male | 2006 | PG-13 | - 2.1.5

Documentary about Doug Bruce, a man who one day woke up on Coney Island with no memory of who he was, where he was or how he got there. Ending in a psychiatric hospital, he slowly pieces his life together, but his friends and family soon realize that his personality has changed. Directed by Rupert Murray. [1:20]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - We see paintings of nude women with bare breasts. A man is bare-chested while bathing in a sink. A few men wear shorts or swim trunks and are bare breasted. We see a baby boy in diapers in a few of sequences.
 A woman talks about a man being attractive. Men hug as a greeting in a few scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A man talks about a rupture of his pituitary gland and that it caused him excruciating pain. A man who has suffered total memory loss says that he had bumps on his head. A man describes the condition of people in an emergency room that were "cut open," "screaming," "on drugs," "overdosed," etc.
 We see several quick flashes of brain x-rays. We see newsreel footage of a mushroom cloud billowing into the sky.
 A man skydives while attached to another man who pulls the parachute cord.
 We hear that a man's mother died of cancer.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 1 scatological terms, anatomical terms, mild obscenities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People talk about "smoking weed." People are shown drinking alcohol in a bar. People are shown drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in a pub. A man smokes a cigarette in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Amnesia, personality changes, existential philosophy, death of a parent, tumors in the brain, siblings, fear of the unknown, judgment, seeing vs. appreciating, uniqueness, originality, psychiatric wards, dementia, instinct, stereotypes, anxiety, love, expectations, procedural memory, job stress.

MESSAGE - Our memories make us who we are. Some mysteries of the brain are difficult to unravel.

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