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''One Hour Photo'' is a 2002 PsychologicalThriller directed by Creator/MarkRomanek and starring Creator/RobinWilliams.

Seymour "Sy" Parrish works in the photo center of a department store. Overall, a pretty boring dude. But, not all is well in Sy's world. He slowly becomes obsessed with the Yorkin family, and tries to interject himself into their lives, including a few scenes with Nina (the mom) and Jake (the kid). After learning William (the dad) is having an affair, he once again gets involved with the family's life. Interspersed in the whole mess are more than a few really creepy moments.

Released to positive reviews, this movie gave Williams a much-needed CareerResurrection and along with ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'' helped usher in the so-called [[DarkerAndEdgier "dark period"]] of Williams' career where his persona's (A man who wants love and validation from everyone around him.) disturbing subtext is brought to the forefront after spending the past few years making overly maudlin, TastesLikeDiabetes-infused movies. Despite [[TechnologyMarchesOn digital photography making photo developing somewhat irrelevant,]] the movie is still incredibly effective as a PsychologicalThriller.
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!!This movie contains uses of:

* AdultFear: During the ending, [[spoiler:Sy takes photos of Bill's daughter playing. An understandably freaked out Bill calls the police, setting the climax in motion]].
* AllForNothing: Sy [[spoiler:forces himself into Will and Maya's hotel room, threatens them at knifepoint and makes them pose in pornographic manners while he takes snapshots]]. It turns out, however [[spoiler:he couldn't even bring himself to ruin the Will Yorkin he knows through photographs; he destroyed that cartridge of film and used the other to take pictures of random objects in his own hotel room]].
* AmateurSleuth: Sy discovers Will's affair by researching photos on a whim that Maya looks familiar.
* AmbiguousEnding: The very last shot in the film is a photograph of the Yorkin Family, with Sy smiling among them. It is intentionally left unclear as to whether this is a real picture, or more of Sy's fantasizing. [[note]]According to the director, it's the former. He felt that it was entirely possible for the Yorkins to eventually forgive Sy, and to express some sort of gratitude for his attempt to stop them from falling apart.[[/note]]
* AntiVillain: Sy.
* AuthorAppeal: Sy gives Jake a toy from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' at one point; ''Eva'' was Robin Williams' favorite TV show.
* BewareTheNiceOnes / BewareTheQuietOnes
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Yorkins, especially with Sy involved.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Or at least very, very disturbed.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Will's affair. Nina even knows about it, but still wants to get in touch with him for his safety.
* ChekhovsGun: The hunting knife.
** To a lesser extent, the free camera Sy gave to Jake [[spoiler: which is how Sy informs Nina that Will is cheating on her]].
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience / MoodLighting: All of Sy's scenes look "poorly developed" while the Yorkins' scenes are bright and advertisement-perfect.
** The department store, meanwhile, was designed specifically with lighting fixtures that gave off a bright but non-glaring light, to create a "heavenly glow" in contrast to Sy's "Hellish" apartment and the Yorkin's more "Earthly" home. [[WordOfGod This was done]] to reflect how Sy sees the three different environments; the heavenly fantasy he built up seeing the Yorkin's photographs in the store, the warm homey scenes contained therein, and the hell of his lonely existence.
* ContrivedCoincidence / ThereAreNoCoincidences: Sy just happens to run into Nina Yorkin, and he's been reading the exact same book she has! ''Because he's following her at the mall, and he saw her buy it''.
** The fact that the book in question is by Deepak Chopra, who [[{{Futurama}} taught us that]] [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything quantum physics means anything can happen at any time for no reason]], may be a TakeThat at Chopra or his fans mistaking coincidence for {{Fate}}. Or some rather twisted ProductPlacement.
* CreepyMonotone: Sy Parrish.
* DarkAndTroubledPast / FreudianExcuse: After he's [[spoiler:been arrested]], Sy tells the police interrogator that [[spoiler:his parents ''both'' molested him and took pornographic pictures of him when he was a kid]]. On top of that, it's implied at an earlier point in the film that on at least one occasion someone has dropped in pedophiliac images to be developed at Sy's store, which very likely didn't help matters.
* DaydreamSurprise: In one scene, Sy drives up to the Yorkin house while the family is away. This is followed by a montage of him breaking into and exploring the house, and doing mundane things like going to the bathroom. This culminates in him sitting on the couch watching a football game, while drinking a beer and wearing a sweater he hadn't had on before; all just as the family's coming home. They walk in and see him before he can escape, but instead of reacting with shock or outrage, they chat with him like he lives with them and they were merely surprised to see him home. The camera then cuts back to Sy, still sitting in his car, revealing that the whole scene was just a daydream.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Sy's response to the technician's apathy, [[spoiler: his own firing, and Will Yorkin's adultery]] are far more than a sane person would consider justified.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: There's a scene early in the movie with Sy getting extremely angry at a technician for a color shift that the tech sees as too small to bother with. This foreshadows Sy's obsessive tendencies and tendency toward DisproportionateRetribution, as well as the store's lack of attention to detail.
* EyeScream: The RedEyesTakeWarning sequence.
* HighPressureBlood: One really bad case of "red eye." See below.
* HilariousOuttakes: Sy is such a bottled up and intense character that it's actually fairly shocking to watch the DVD "behind the scenes" features and see that between takes Robin acted just like his normal goofy self. Director Mark Romanek has said that he occasionally would tell Robin to just "let it out" and joke constantly for 10 minutes or so when he felt he had become too deep in character.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: A number of fans of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' like to point out Sy's and Jake's mispronunciations of the word "Evangelion" as "Ay-von-jelly-un." Sometimes with hilarious consequences.
** {{Justified}} because Jake is nine years old and Sy would only have heard the pronunciation from him. Even if Sy had binge-watched the series like he did with the Chopra book, he might have been [[GainaxEnding con]][[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory fused]] or just didn't want to tell Jake he got it wrong. Also notable is that Robin Williams was a huge fan of the show, and the prop is actually from his own collection, so he definitely would have corrected it if he felt it should be.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The Yorkin family represents everything Sy wants, but can't have.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Many, many times in the film. One standout example is during the beginning of the film, which shows Sy in his apartment. At one point, the camera just rests on Sy, standing in front of his sink, holding a glass of water. Unlike other times when this trope is used in the film for the creepiness factor, this time it perfectly illustrates to the audience just how pathetic Sy's life is.
* MotiveRant
* RapeByProxy: [[spoiler:Sy forces this between an unfaithful husband and his lover while he takes pictures.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The nightmare scene. Sy [[spoiler:is in a completely empty, white department store with his eyes closed. The camera keeps fading in closer until he opens his eyes... That are ''completely blood red.'' [[HilarityEnsues Trauma ensues]]]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Sy's living room. One entire wall is covered with a copy of more or less every single photograph the Yorkins have ever taken in a very exact grid.
** It gets even worse when he discovers Will's infidelity; he goes over the wall of photographs and methodically scrapes Will's face out of ''every single picture'' with a razor blade.
* ShoutOut: Robin Williams' character's last name is "Parrish," the same as his character in ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. Possibly unintentional, though.
** As stated above, Sy's boss Bill can be seen as a more serious version of the Bill from ''Film/OfficeSpace'', played by the same actor. And, of course, named the same. It's a sequel.
** The toy Sy gives Jake is an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]] [[note]]a Mass Production Eva from ''The End of Evangelion'', which his character mispronounces to an unusual degree[[/note]] [[OneOfUs from Robin Williams' own collection]].
*** Oddly Jake refers to the MP Eva as a good guy. While this might be true from a certain point of view, one wonders if it was a mistake or if they were trying to say something here.
**** The mistake (and the mispronunciation of the anime's title) most likely was on purpose and very in-character, since Parrish is hardly one to watch anime and was just trying to be nice.
** [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265459/trivia There are quite a few references to photographers]].
** When Sy [[spoiler:tricks Maya into telling him her room number]], he initially asks if they're in [[Literature/TheShining Room 217]].
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Sy himself wants to be part of their family, but as the lovable uncle.
* TechMarchesOn: This movie was made at the last possible moment, just as digital photography reached the tipping point that started putting retail-consumer oriented film developers like Sy out of business.
* UnreliableNarrator: Sy narrates a few times through the movie.
* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: After Sy gets fired from his job at the One Hour Photo, he shows up one more time to get a roll of film developed. The pictures are all photos of the manager's daughter, in her front yard. Upon seeing these, the manager immediately calls the police.
* {{Tragedy}}
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Especially when you find out [[ParentalIncest what]] [[AbusiveParents made]] [[FreudianExcuse Sy]] [[BrainBleach crazy]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Will Yorkin.
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