A Prairie Home Companion

2006 PG-13 1h 46m DVD

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A Prairie Home Companion

2006 PG-13 1h 46m DVD
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From director Robert Altman comes this quirky piece of fiction based on the real-life radio program of the same name, with a wry screenplay penned by the show's host, Garrison Keillor, who also stars. Fueled by a high-powered cast that includes Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, John C. Reilly, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Kline, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the mayhem surrounding the folksy program's final broadcast.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Kevin Kline
  • Meryl Streep
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • John C. Reilly
  • Virginia Madsen
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Jim Westcott
  • Maya Rudolph
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama explores the idea of death, featuring a metaphorical figure (a woman in a white raincoat who is both an "angel of death" and a dead woman brought to temporary life). One character writes poems about suicide, another dies backstage, asleep in a chair, and others respond with tears on discovering his body (the dead man had arranged for a sexual interlude). The on-stage radio show includes bawdy jokes about sex (mostly using euphemisms) and minor quarrelling between former lovers and sisters. Characters smoke and drink liquor. A cowboy performer holds a prop gun. Mild language (one s-word, some uses of "hell" and "damn"), including sexual and body parts references.

Sexual Content

Bawdy jokes/songs about sexual activity ("Come ride my pony all night"); reference to "naked man" arrangement for a possible romantic encounter.

Violence

Song about a dog dying; poem about suicide (written by teenager); man dies in his underwear while waiting for a sexual tryst; "Angel of Death" discusses death, touches man before he dies; "Angel" describes her own death in a car accident.

Language

One use each of s-word and "ass," two "damns," several uses of "hell," metaphorical allusions to sex.

Social Behavior

Sisters and former loves argue, some characters resist corporate takeover of community radio station.

Consumerism

Radio announcers promote fictional products.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette rolling and smoking; liquor drinking, jokes about drinking, drunkenness, and Viagra.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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