A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Even the voiceless can sometimes find a voice.
Positive Role Models
Despite being thwarted at nearly every turn, Sur is dogged, persistent, and resourceful in her quest to find out who drugged her at a party and ruined her reputation.
The drama is set in Indonesia with an Indonesian cast. "Moral" behavior seems to be required for women but not for men in power.
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Violence & Scariness
A girl pieces together a night she can't remember after she was drugged and possibly raped. A man hits his daughter. A man knocks out a criminal. A gang threatens and nearly kills youths trying to expose a wealthy person's crimes. A woman socks a male friend and knocks him down. Naked photos are taken of drugged youths.
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"F--k," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "t-t," "pr--k," "piss," "bastard," "bitch," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens smoke and drink alcohol. A girl drinks alcohol for the first time. Her drink is spiked and she passes out. She believes she was abused while she was under the influence, although she can't remember the details. As an experiment, she drinks more than seven shots and gets extremely drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Photocopier is an Indonesian drama about wealth and power and corrupt institutions and how they affect a few innocent college students. The story illustrates how the rich and powerful can get away with abuse, violence, even rape, and poor victims won't be supported in their quests for justice. Here an earnest college student loses her scholarship and reputation. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "t-t," "pr--k," "piss," "bastard," "bitch," and "hell." Teenagers smoke cigarettes, smoke marijuana, take unnamed drugs, and drink far too much alcohol. Some students are drugged. A father slaps his daughter. In Indonesian with English subtitles To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It takes a while, but Photocopier sucks us into a detective story about a poor girl with no leverage trying to unearth terrible deeds of the rich and powerful. We believe in her sincerity and resourcefulness. But if the film were 40 minutes shorter, the ride would be that much more enjoyable. The plot is already convoluted and lumpy, bursting with seemingly unrelated elements -- a fake Uber driver, municipal Dengue fever fumigation, a flat tire, a rain storm, distinctive birthmarks -- that all eventually add up to crimes. A tighter and more briskly paced rhythm would have tied all the elements together more powerfully. Without spoiling, note that the victims do agree that sending out evidence virally is going to work against them. Yet, basically, they employ a non-tech method to do exactly that in an ending that's overdramatic and unconvincing.
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