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A Prairie Home Companion [2006] [PG-13] - 4.3.4



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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 fictionalized version of Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, with on-stage skits and behind-the-scenes sequences on what is supposed to be the final performance -- after 32 years the company that owns the theater has decided to tear it down and cancel the show. With Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline and Lindsay Lohan. Directed by Robert Altman. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss. A woman rubs her nose against a man's nose (the man is dead, and she is saying goodbye to him).
 A man lifts a woman's shirt to reveal her pregnant tummy and makes a remark about her diet and then about her having sex with a man. A woman adjusts her dress and tries to get a man's attention while doing so. A few women wear low-cut tops and dresses through much of the movie and a man in a dressing room is shown in boxer shorts. There are three post cards depicting women in bikinis.
 A man describes a woman's tight fitting T-shirt as having a picture of Mt. Rushmore and that the men depicted never looked so happy. A man asks a woman "If we were to do... you know, would you feel anything?" A woman enters a man's room while making comments about having sex with him. People talk about a man having died while waiting for his lover. A man sings a song that has sexually suggestive lyrics in several scenes. A woman talks about having been on her way to meet her "lover." A man makes sexually suggestive jokes in several scenes. We hear about a man who was pulled through the air by a kite, with his pants around his ankles. A woman makes a remark about her mother having surgical birth control. A man talks about being able to see another man's buttock cleavage (nothing is visible).
 It is implied that a man and a woman had a sexual affair and that it ended when the man started an affair with another woman.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A dead man sits slumped in a chair (he apparently died of natural causes).
 A woman grieves over a dead man. A mother and daughter argue in a few scenes. A young woman reads a poem about suicide and seems to have morose thoughts.
 We hear how a woman died in a car accident. We hear that a man died in a car accident and that the car exploded. A man tells a story about a man who shot himself out of the air when he discharged a flair gun inside the cockpit of his plane. A woman moans and pants pretending to have labor contractions. A man tells a joke about woman being created with three breasts and one was cut off to create man.

PROFANITY 4 - 21 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 7 anatomical terms (3 mild), 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb, moron), 1 religious profanity, 12 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol from a coffee cup, a man drinks alcohol from a flask and a man and a woman drink champagne. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and a man rolls a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Radio variety shows, disappointment, friendship, relationships, family, love, romance, Viagra, single parenting, corporate control, ending an era.

MESSAGE - Be grateful for everything. Life moves on.

Special Keywords: S4 - V3 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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