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Parents' Guide to

A Scanner Darkly

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Provocative animated sci-fi. Not for kids.

Movie R 2006 100 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Definitely adult themed animated movie

I just found this movie in 2020 decided to watch and man do I have to say I loved it in fact one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while especially since sausage party was such garbage it’s definitely a mature movie though there is some blood multiple sex scenes one scene with partial nudity however the swearing is as constant as other r rated cartoons but there is still 38 uses of f**k and 20 uses of s**t and some other quite a lot drug use though

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To the extent that this thought-provoking film adopts any conventional form, it establishes Bob as the most sympathetic of the addicts. Examined by doctors, Bob learns that his use of D is having its inevitable effect, severing the hemispheres in his brain, such that he can no longer keep track of his multiple lives, forgetting where he is and what he's doing. Primary among Bob's confusions is his relationship with his girl, also his dealer, Donna (Winona Ryder). Like other woman characters imagined by Philip Dick, Donna is more baffling and remote than dependable, but she also pulses with a sense of grim knowledge.

One of the film's most compelling inventions is the "scramble suit," which serves partly as undercover device for Bob and his co-workers, partly as means to evade responsibility and seek revelation, and partly as metaphors for lost identities. The characters who wear them look like everyone and no one, their outward appearances shifting millions of times per minute. Scanner's unique animation is striking, and the conspiracy that begins to unravel -- through a disintegrating drug addicts perspective -- is equally seductive. Mature viewers may not always understand what is happening on screen, but they will be compelled none the less.

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