One Hour Photo

Theatrical Release: August 21, 2002
DVD Release: February 18, 2003
One Hour Photo


Robin Williams stars as Sy Parrish who works very diligently, developing pictures at the SavMart one-hour photo booth. The pleasant, mild-mannered perfectionist takes a particular interest in the Yorkin family, who have brought their film to Sy for at least 10 years. Lonely, middle-aged bachelor Sy fantasizes that Nina and Will Yorkin (Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan), along with their 9-year-old son Jake (Dylan Smith), are the perfect family. But when the obsessed photo clerk develops a roll of film that destroys his perception of the Yorkins, the photo clerk takes drastic measures to restore the “picture perfect” image. This suspenseful, psychological drama requires close concentration to understand Sy’s obsession with the Yorkins. Ultimately, ONE HOUR PHOTO is more depressing than entertaining, in spite of Williams’ outstanding performance.

Dove Review

ONE HOUR PHOTO cannot be called a family movie, even though it vividly stresses the importance of family. When young Jake senses Sy’s sadness and wants to help him, Nina suggests they close their eyes and send good thoughts to him. Without mentioning God, this New Age sentiment almost appears to be a prayer. But Sy’s desire for belonging is not only heartbreaking, it’s also scary. Sy spies on the Yorkins, following Will and another woman to a hotel. He then terrorizes the adulterous couple with a knife. Although, Sy forces the nude couple to pose in lewd positions that briefly expose rear nudity to audience. no sex acts are shown. In another scene, pornographic photos of couples in various sex acts also briefly flash breast and rear nudity on screen. Gratuitous obscenities, lewd poses and pornographic photos develop a negative image for ONE HOUR PHOTO.

Content Description


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Movie Morality Ministries - Mary Draughon