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(2012) (Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren) (PG-13)

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate

Drama: Director Alfred Hitchcock tries to make the movie "Psycho" while battling his own doubts and insecurities.
It's 1959 and director Alfred Hitchcock (ANTHONY HOPKINS) has just released the critically acclaimed "North by Northwest." The 60-year-old filmmaker, however, isn't one to rest on his laurels and is already on the hunt for material for his next film. While his wife and longtime collaborator, Alma Reville (HELEN MIRREN), isn't pleased with his choice, he's now decided on adapting the novel "Psycho" about a deeply troubled serial killer.

Ordering his assistant, Peggy Robertson (TONI COLLETTE), to buy all copies of the book so that no will known how the story ends, Hitchcock runs into objections from the head of Paramount, as well as the head censor who must give his approval for any film to be released in the United States. He manages to convince the latter that nothing scandalous will actually be shown, and informs the former that he and Alma will self-finance the movie.

Casting Anthony Perkins (JAMES D'ARCY) and Janet Leigh (SCARLETT JOHANSSON) in the lead roles and former leading lady Vera Miles (JESSICA BIEL) in a supporting one, Hitchcock begins filming. Alma, meanwhile, decides to help her married friend, Whitfield Cook (DANNY HUSTON), adapt his novel into a screenplay, all of which makes Hitchcock eye her suspiciously, while she has the same feeling about him and the actresses in his film.

As all of that unfolds, Hitchcock becomes increasingly insecure about most everything, all of which results in him imagining various interactions with the real-life inspiration for the source novel, Ed Gein (MICHAEL WINCOTT).

If they're into "behind the scenes" type of movies about filmmaking they might be interested, as might fans of anyone in the cast or films by or about Alfred Hitchcock.
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