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Watcher | 2022 | R | – 6.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Watcher” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some bloody violence, language, and some sexual material/nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes an implied sex scene, a few kissing scenes, an exotic dance club with nude women dancing, a bloody and headless body, an attack on a woman with a great deal of blood lost, a shooting with blood splatter, discussions of stalking and harassment, reports of a serial murderer, several arguments and nearly 10 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Shortly after arriving in their new home in Romania, a woman (Maika Monroe) becomes concerned that a serial killer is watching her from a neighboring apartment. When her husband (Karl Glusman) will not take her seriously, she takes matters into her own hands, with bloody results. Also with Burn Gorman, Tudor Petrut, Gabriela Butuc, Madalina Anea, Cristina Deleanu, Bogdan Farcas, Daniel Nuta, Ioana Abur and Flaviu Crisan. Directed by Chloe Okuno. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Romanian with and without translation. [Running Time: 1:31]

Watcher SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A husband and his wife kiss and lie on a sofa, he removes his shirt (we see his bare back, the side of his abdomen and chest), the woman removes her pants (we see her bare leg to the hip), and her top (we see her bare shoulders, abdomen while her breasts are obscured, and sex is implied).
 A man and a woman hold hands and he kisses her on the forehead. A man and a woman kiss on a staircase and another woman watches awkwardly. A man kisses a woman on the cheek.
 A woman hears noises coming from a next-door apartment (it isn’t clear whether they are sounds of sex or arguing). A man tells a woman that a man that is watching her and, “Probably has a little crush on you.”
 Nude women dance in a club and we see bare breasts (some have pasties over their nipples), bare abdomens, backs, legs and buttocks (they wear thong underwear). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, it is open in the front to reveal her bare legs to the hips, and her crotch is briefly shown in heavy shadow. A woman wears a low-cut dress made of clinging fabric that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and the outline of her breasts and buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and the partial side of her breasts. A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut sweater that reveals her bare back. A woman showers and we see her bare back and shoulders. A woman wears a silk robe that reveals cleavage and the outline of her nipples.

Watcher VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A plastic bag is placed over a woman’s head and she thrashes and struggles to breathe as an attacker holds a knife to her throat; she is shown lying on a bed and when she tries to scream the attacker cuts her on the throat and she bleeds heavily; she pulls herself along a floor and we see a lot of blood on her clothing and pooling on the floor as she falls motionless. A man stands in a doorway and he is shot through the back and then the chest (blood spurts on a wall and another man’s face and he collapses to the floor).
 A woman’s headless body is seen with blood at the neck and on her clothing.
 A woman stands alone in an empty subway station and seems to hear something behind her. A woman has a nightmare where someone puts a pillowcase over her head and hits her hard in the face (blood seeps through the case) and she wakes up with a start. A woman hears what sounds like a scream and something shatters in a neighbor’s apartment; she pounds on the door and when the landlady lets her inside, we see that a cat has knocked over a lamp.
 A woman describes being attacked and says that a pillowcase was placed over her head and a knife was pressed against her throat. We hear a news report of a murder and a possible link to other similar murders. People talk about a woman being murdered and that her head was cut off and another woman had her throat slit. A wife yells at her husband when he doesn’t believe her about being stalked. A man talks to a woman about feeling as if she was trying to scare or embarrass him and that someone cursed at his father. Two women talk about being afraid of being raped and strangled. A landlady berates a man saying that she does not like tenants that cause trouble after an incident with his wife. A woman becomes upset and leaves a gathering when she thinks that people are making fun of her; she puts her drink glass on a tray as she leaves and causes the server to drop the tray breaking glasses on the floor.
 A woman follows a man into a subway station, through a dark passage and down a flight of stairs to a strip club (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A woman sees a man that she has accused of stalking her in an apartment building and becomes afraid. A woman throws her curtains open and stares at a silhouette of a person in a window in a neighboring apartment, she waves and after a few moments the person in the window waves back. A man stands in a window and holds his hand up with an obscene gesture toward a person watching from a neighboring apartment.
 A man pounds on another man’s apartment door and yells when the man does not answer. A man bangs on a woman’s door and yells at her, she yells back from behind the closed door that she identifies the man as her ex and that he knows she would shoot him if he tried anything (we see a gun in a drawer). A woman is startled by loud knocking on her front door, she answers and a neighbor is in a panic because her cat has run away. A woman is frightened when a man enters a grocery store behind her and seems to be following her, she bumps into a display and drops a jar on the floor where it shatters, runs into a storeroom and out the back door. A woman becomes anxious when a man sits right behind her in a movie theater, as we hear a woman being attacked in the movie and the woman in the theater gets up and walks out. A woman is nervous when she thinks a man is following her on a sidewalk, she stops and the man walks past her and away. A woman returns to her apartment and finds a man and a woman inside; she is startled until she is told they are there for a repair. A woman sees someone watching her from a window in a neighboring apartment building in several scenes (we see a person’s silhouette).
 A police officer brings a man to a woman’s door and says that the man has accused her of harassing him; the officer asks them to commit to not bothering each other and they shake hands. A police officer takes a report from a woman when she says that she is being stalked by a man.

Watcher LANGUAGE 5

 – About 8 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 1 scatological term, name-calling (idiot, sad, suspiciously quiet, isn’t normal, crazy, child, aimless life, useless), 1 religious exclamation (oh God). | profanity glossary |

Watcher SUBSTANCE USE

 – A woman drinks wine alone in her apartment, people drink wine with a meal, a man drinks a beer and a woman a glass of wine with a meal, two women drink a shot of liquor and smoke cigarettes in a club, people drink at a gathering, and two women drink glasses of port. People talk about a woman having quit smoking, a woman smokes a cigarette in bed, a man takes a cigarette from a woman and smokes from it, and a woman goes to a shop to buy cigarettes but changes her mind.

Watcher DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Serial murder, being alone, loneliness, fear, paranoia, rationalizing, stress.

Watcher MESSAGE

 – It’s important to believe people.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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