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The Institute (2017)

R | | Thriller | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute, and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly ... See full summary »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Allie Gallerani ... Isabel Porter
James Franco ... Dr. Cairn
Joe Pease ... Roderick Porter
Scott Haze ... Gunther
Lori Singer ... Madame Werner
Amber Coney ... Margaret
Val Lauren ... Dr. Jacobs
Zoë Bleu Sidel Zoë Bleu Sidel ... Lucy (as Zoe Bleu)
Gabrielle Haugh ... Allison
Pamela Anderson ... Ann Williams
Cynthia Murell ... Clara Barnes
Tim Blake Nelson ... Dr. Lemelle
Topher Grace ... Vincent
Eric Roberts ... Dr. Torrington
Ben Youcef ... Arthur Turner


In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute, and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control; she must escape the clutches of the Rosewood and exact her revenge. Written by Momentum Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing content/bloody violence, and graphic nudity | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Institut See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main character has obvious bikini tan lines during the ritual. See more »


Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

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Bravo James Franco, you paid your own money to prove just how bad an actor you really are
29 April 2017 | by reviews1958See all my reviews

Before I go too far, pay attention to who one of the producers is and who also directs AND is a lead actor in this horrendous mess - none other than James Franco. I've always found any "performance" (remember that word) Franco has ever been in to be laughable but the last laugh is on him this time. HE, by being one of the producers, shelled out his own money to demonstrate the total lack of any noteworthy ability he may possess.

Lori Singer...Lori, Lori, Lori - please tell us that Franco didn't make you do anything shameful in order to get your weak spot in this monstrosity. Here's a hint - since you've done nothing noteworthy since Footloose either totally give up the acting gig (you're awful and you no longer have your youth to hide your inability behind) or if you insist on play acting find some Lifetime tripe to entertain yourself with and those who care nothing about good acting or a good story line.

Pamela Anderson is in this for less then 1 min and believe it or not she is covered head to toe - in clothes. However she let them put a gargantuan blonde wig on her for goodness knows why. It had nothing to do with anything. Seriously, nothing to do with anything. I guess James Franco called in a favor. I just shake my head why she even showed her face in this mess other then to pay back a favor and Franco could contractually use her name on the movie headliner and image.

Now as for Joshua Duhamel, I totally get why you took the gig. You didn't have to act. Just show up for your 5 mins. of filming and you're able to show the old lady, who makes the real money in your relationship, that you're "working". Your hint - stick to Transformers. It's as good as it's gonna get for you.

Eric Roberts. Nuff' said.

Yes, I gave it a one star, however I insist you watch this mess but only for free (which I did) when it shows up on Netflix or Amazon in a few weeks. It honest to God is worth the viewing just to see how bad a mess James Franco would actually put his own money on.

Thanks James...you re-affirmed what I already knew about your lack of talent. However there are those out there that like to look at bad wrecks on the side of the highway so hey, don't say I didn't warn anyone how ugly a total mess this is.

BTW, the few glowing reviews are the standard ones we're all getting used to seeing on IMDb that are written by persons involved with or related to in the project. Nice try but the consumer has become wise with our own dollars and can read past the 2 - 10 shellacked fake reviews. Back to the drawing board to try and find another tactic.

I officially nominate this for an award - a 2017 Razzie that is.

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