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Only the Strong Survive [2003] [PG-13]



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A documentary focusing on some of the R&B and Soul recording artists who survived and thrived after the time of Motown, Stax and Royal studios collapsed. The artists we hang out with include Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Wilson Pickett, Mary Wilson, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Chi-Lites, Jerry Butler (currently the Cooke County Commissioner) and Ann Peebles. It includes extensive interviews and performance footage. Directed by Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man dances on stage a few times, and thrusts his hips toward the audience. A man and woman dance on stage and thrust their hips toward each other. A man talks briefly about having been caught being unfaithful. Women wear tight-fitting outfits during performances that reveal cleavage, bare thighs and backs. A song's title is "All About Sex" and there are other songs with suggestive lyrics. A man talks about a midget transvestite.


PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word derivative in a song's lyrics, 6 sexual references, 1 mild obscenity, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Soul and R&B music, the music industry, segregation, civil rights, racism, competition, bankruptcy, unfair legal practices of recording studios.

MESSAGE - Soul music is a feeling. Sometimes all it takes to survive is to love what you do.

(Note: A man talks about selling and using cocaine and heroin.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V0 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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