Compliance (2012)

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Avg Rating: 3.9 / 5. Voted: 82

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Directed by: Craig Zobel
Starring: Dreama Walker (Becky), Ann Dowd (Sandra), Pat Healy (Caller), Bill Camp (Van), Philip Ettinger (Kevin)
Country: United States
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:29:42
Genres: Based on a True Story, Sexual Harassment –
Women
, Psychological Thrillers

Plot – Spoilers:
It’s a busy day at a fastfood joint. Middle-aged manager Sandra has to juggle grave issues like an unexpected shortage in pickles and bacon, the freezer being open overnight, a secret shopper and snide remarks about her mid-life wedding among younger employees. But despite all this, Sandra potters about, handling all of it with a quiet efficiency that suggests she just might triumph over the day.

Then a police offer calls informing her that Becky, a blonde attractive girl working the counter has just been accused of stealing and Sandra will have to strip-search her.

As the hours roll on, so do the demands of the officer, as he mixes compliments with castigations over Sandra’s performance as the on-site law enforcer.

Compliance would seem like a ludicrous story that’s elevated only through a great performance by Ann Dowd (Sandra). That is, if you didn’t realize this actually happened at a McDonald’s outlet. And had been preceded by seventy similar incidents over a decade.

Was Sandra through a lifetime of accepting authority merely playing the corporate sheep. Or was there an element of vindictiveness towards her younger worker quietly buried inside her that shut out logic and incredulity. Sandra’s fiancé was probably less about obeying authority and more about: Here’s an opportunity. And the law is allowing me to go for it.

Also, the fact that the prank was successful so many times urges you to rethink – This would never happen to me.

Triva:
IRL
Becky = Louise Ogborn
Sandra = Donna Summers
Caller = David Stewart

After a lawsuit and several appeals, Louise Ogborn eventually settled for roughly 1 million USD from McDonald’s. Donna Summers was initially also awarded over a million dollars by the courts, though the eventual decision seems unclear. David Stewart was acquitted of all charges, but the calls stopped.

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Jane Williams
Jane Williams
May 19, 2024 9:27 pm

oh my god, I haven’t laughed for a long time. This film is an amazing comedy but also tragedy that humans can be so stupid!

TrashHorse
TrashHorse
May 13, 2024 8:42 am

I’d fuck Dreama Walker so hard, her gynecologist will think she’s been in a car crash.

semengod
semengod
May 12, 2024 10:49 pm

most people on Earth acted as obedient sheep during the fake pandemic. STOP BELIEVING IN SUCH MORONS WITH AUTHORITY. FUCK THE WHO FUCK THE POLITICIANS. HAVE NO FEAR TO ANYTHING.

semengod
semengod
May 12, 2024 10:23 pm

people accepts authority as a rule of life. FUCK AUTHORITY

Fist me, I'm jewish
Fist me, I'm jewish
April 19, 2024 10:03 am

Fucking stupid ass Americans. Absolute shit breed of people. Fuck america.

Shearwater
Shearwater
April 18, 2024 5:14 pm

Most people do what they’re told……remember masks? Lockdowns? Social distancing? The sheep would have hopped on one leg if they were told that it’d make the flu go away

Russ
Russ
April 17, 2024 2:48 pm

A strong reminder of how damaging prank calls can be. Sandra, so gullible and so easily deceived and in her defense I guess she’d say she was so busy she had no time to check on the authenticity of the call or caller.

joe
joe
March 25, 2024 7:11 am

this is worse than porn acting

Cloud
Cloud
February 27, 2024 9:57 am

This is what happens when everyone becomes worker drones who listens to authority figures without questioning anything, it’s important to teach your children to have critical thinking skills and common sense rather then grow them up believing to always listen to what authority figures such as bosses, teachers, and police tell them. The western world is becoming a sea of NPC fish.

Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson
November 6, 2023 10:46 am

a big problem with this film is that nobody, absolutely no-one could be this stupid. Even during covid, when many people would have hopped on one leg when shopping if told to do. I was hoping for something that might reference the Stanford or Milgram experiments but this wasn’t it.

ASTRAHAWKS
ASTRAHAWKS
September 29, 2023 4:22 pm

The film is amazing and you can really feel the tension there.
And this **** actually happen in real life.

Holger
Holger
August 26, 2023 2:07 am

Pretty nice movie- Old fart gets the blowjob of his life.

Chuck biscuits
Chuck biscuits
November 22, 2022 2:43 pm

Fuck you Fred eat racoon shit and die from covid

Tristen Bailey
Tristen Bailey
July 5, 2022 12:07 am

Total garbage. Had to force myself to get halfway before giving up.

AfterAnon
AfterAnon
May 23, 2022 11:20 pm

Here’s the actual Situation, they got it down to a T.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8PbmuJ8m-c&t=318s

AfterAnon
AfterAnon
May 23, 2022 11:04 pm

Ugh, Cringe-y Asf.

DumbassUSA
DumbassUSA
January 17, 2022 12:29 am

only in the us people are this stupid…

KingV1128
KingV1128
May 23, 2021 5:44 am

How are people this fucking stupid? Girl should’ve also said screw you, I’m leaving, I quit! How she was able to comply to the stripping, not to mention spank and blowie is beyond me…

Diana
Diana
May 14, 2021 2:18 am

Do this is where Law&Order SVU got the episode with Robin Williams starring as a creep. Robin’s character (detective milgram) did this exact thing, called burger joints coercing managers to tie up and strip search employees. He called them all sheep because they simply followed orders blindly.

nolol
nolol
April 27, 2021 6:25 am

boring ass movie, but hey at least the chick was hot.

Kimmy
Kimmy
April 6, 2021 2:17 pm

The mark of true horror is having your victims perpetrate your crime on each other for you

Kimmy
Kimmy
April 6, 2021 1:42 pm

This is the Milgram experiment in psychology… Look it up for the details. It proves however, that if any person is given the cues from authority they will do unspeakable acts to another human being.

Gggy
Gggy
March 31, 2021 5:43 pm

Best movie

Badmoviejoe
Badmoviejoe
March 28, 2021 8:47 pm

I know this story and saw a documentary on it back in the early 00s. I don’t know how they made such a wild story so boring. Dude called from across state lines from a calling card, have a 40 year old man strip search a 16 year old girl, made them sit the girl in the nude in the office for hours, over a stolen cell phone. And they followed every order by a voice that said “I’m like tots a cop bro”. The manager and her boyfriend ended up going to prison for this. They never found the caller.

My sloppy running sentence was more interesting than this movie.

Porusniuc Adina
Porusniuc Adina
March 22, 2021 6:21 pm

Sincer..mi.a placut filmul doar pentru ca este Pat Healy in el….

Sophia
Sophia
March 22, 2021 3:09 am

I thought ( I ‘ m from the UK) that Americans were supposed to be ‘ ballsy ‘ oppinionated and question authority??! HOW on earth did this even take place in the first place without them ringing the local.police station to verify that there was a so called investigation & as soon as they tell her to take her clothes off ….they are committing an assault? Why didn’t the manager insist that someone from head office r her manager come down for them to deal with it? Why didn’t it occurs to them to ring her mother to come down to the restaurant to support her teenage daughter ?. First time I heard about this yesterday as it wasn’t reported over here & all she got was about £500.000 compensation & the rapist drunk of a fiance got just 5 yrs in jail .If this had have occurred in the UK BELIEVE ME the restaurant would have been fire bomber the next day . Very good performances & I couldn’t believe how much the actress playing Beckie reminded me of a young Christina Ricci! Not sure how well it’s been reported in the US but we had a young woman abducted ,murdered & dumped in the woods in builder’s sack last week …it was done by a firearms COP( we don’t carry guns here) & this bastard had actually guarded our old Prime ?my sister Theresa May !! Any wonder women are now properly fighting back at long last ,no… Read more »

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 18, 2021 8:50 pm

I also viewed this some time ago, I cannot recollect where… Facilely persuasive and accosting.

Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary
March 18, 2021 8:33 pm

I knew this movie would make it’s way on this site eventually.
I watched it years ago.
More often than not, someone else will suffer due to one’s stupidity or gullibility.

Dr. Lecter
Dr. Lecter
March 18, 2021 10:53 am

Oddly enough, my wife and I just watch this movie 3 days ago… and we both remember when this shit was going down. I know McDonald’s had to pay out the ass in the long run because they had been warned about it but did nothing to advise their franchisors to the fact.

This film is a fine demonstration of how gullible some people are. You can basically tell them anything on the phone, and they’ll believe it. It shows how and why telemarketing scams continue to flourish even though the public has been warned about them for decades.

And is it just me or is that manager one of the most unlikable people walking the planet?

david
david
March 18, 2021 1:04 am

Fucking mental…it is all true, almost to the letter, it is all online including interviews with the young girl and the manager.

And the director is same guy who did last years excellent The Hunt – clearly some talent there…..

Eevie
Eevie
March 17, 2021 11:12 pm

Absolutely amazing what humans will do when spoken to in a way they enjoy. Great film guys.

bibi hedrtz
bibi hedrtz
March 17, 2021 10:30 am

great stuff ..i love it…merci!

bibi

mikethetramp
mikethetramp
March 16, 2021 3:45 pm

Don’t know what the person above is talking about. I found it excellent and very interesting. I hated that goddamn manager with her fat dumb ass.

spøkelse
spøkelse
March 16, 2021 1:37 pm

one of the most boring goddamn movies i’ve ever watched