France's position as the world's top wine producer went unchallenged until 1976, when the Montelena Winery put California wines on the map -- a story delightfully told in this full-bodied tale about the heady early days of Napa Valley's success.
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- Randall Miller
- This movie is
PG-13Brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; audio commentary; making-of featurette; trailer; deleted scenes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this true story of a 1976 wine contest between French and U.S. wine-makers isn't likely to hold much interest for kids. The opening sequence sets up the youthful "counter-culture" lifestyle of the era, complete with various shots of drug use, alcohol, etc. A love scene between two main characters includes partial nudity and some passionate foreplay but is generally tame by current standards. Some relatively mild swearing is sprinkled throughout and, of course, lots of wine flows.
- Sexual Content
- Most of the sexuality is confined to one scene that includes passionate kissing as prelude to sex, a couple who begin undressing, post-sexual partial nudity, and a flash of breasts.
- Several father-son boxing matches are used to dispel real anger, including one powerful roundhouse blow. A truck driver receives one punch.
- Infrequent cursing includes "goddamn," "bullsh--t," "f--k you," "a--hole," "screw," "bitch," and "s--t."
- Social Behavior
- A Mexican man is the victim of a brief episode of racism. International competition resorts to some cultural stereotypes (i.e. Americans as "hicks," French people as snobs).
- Wineries and brand names play significant roles (Chateau Montelena, Gallo, Buena Vista, etc.). Other products seen or referred to include American Airlines, TWA, Kentucky Colonel.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Wine drinking figures prominently throughout, usually within the accepted standards of responsible behavior. Opening sequence with marijuana use is used to place the film in the 1970s. Some beer drinking, some drunkenness in bar, smoking on two occasions.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it