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Shine a Light [2008] PG-13] - 3.2.5



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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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Director and Rolling Stones fan Martin Scorsese films a concert documentary on the Rolling Stones' two-night appearance at the Beacon Theater in New York, and he includes vintage Stones footage, behind the scenes footage and footage of the pre-concert preparations. The following songs are played: "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Shattered," "She Was Hot," "All Down the Line," "Loving Cup," "As Tears Go By," "Some Girls," "Just My Imagination," "Far Away Eyes," "Champagne and Reefer," "Tumbling Dice," "You Got the Silver," "Connection," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Live With Me," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." With Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Buddy Guy, Jack White and Christina Aguilera. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A male singer dances provocatively with a female singer, holding her close from behind and grabbing her waist (when the song is over he says "Mmm, I liked that"). A male singer dances provocatively with his buttocks toward the crowd, a male singer's shirt comes up exposing his bare abdomen, a guest singer shows cleavage in a shirt unbuttoned with a black bra, a woman wears low-cut clothing and we can see her black bra, and several women in the audience wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and some bare abdomens.
 References in song lyrics include "love and hope and sex and dreams," "pride and joy and greed and sex," "Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex," "She was hot, she pinned me to the ground, she was quick, she knew her way around, she was hot, she tore my clothes," "Give me a little drink from your loving cup. Just one drink and I'll fall down drunk," "Feel your mouth kissing me again, What a beautiful buzz, what a beautiful buzz," "Some girls give me children I never asked them for," "Some girls give me children I only made love to her once," "Her love is ecstasy when her arms enfold me," "The cook she is a whore, yes, the butler has a place for her, behind the pantry door, The maid, she's French, She's got no sense, She's from the Crazy Horse, When she strips, the chauffeur flips," "Don't ya think there's a place for you, In between the sheets?" "I've been running hot, You got me ticking gonna blow my top, If you start me up, If you start me up I'll never stop," and "Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good (a-ha) brown sugar, just like a young girl should."

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two people discuss a singer going up in flames and talk about how they cannot set fire to him.
 References in song lyrics include "my brains been battered, splattered all over Manhattan," "I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead. I fell down to my feet and I saw they bled," "I was crowned with a spike right thru my head," "I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag, I was schooled with a strap right across my back," "I stuck around St. Petersburg, When I saw it was a time for a change, Killed the czar and his ministers, Anastasia screamed in vain," "And I was round when Jesus Christ, Had his moment of doubt and pain, Made damn sure that Pilate, Washed his hands and sealed his fate," and "My best friend he shoots water rats, and feeds them to his geese."

PROFANITY 5 - 4 F-words and its derivatives, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (freaks, crackheads), 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man holds a half empty beer bottle, and champagne bottles are shown on stage during a concert. A band member smokes cigarettes on stage at a concert, and people are shown smoking cigarettes in several scenes. Old footage shows a band member being released from prison and being interviewed as he says he doesn't propagate drug use.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Making music, sex, jail, drug use, friendship, competition, smoking, alcohol use, longevity, loving what you do, legends of music, making films, fundraising, global warming, politics, religion, teamwork.

MESSAGE - If you love what you do, you can achieve excellence and longevity. Music is about feeling and teamwork.

Special Keywords: S3 - V2 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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