True Stories

1986 PG 1h 29m DVD

True Stories

1986 PG 1h 29m DVD
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Talking Heads front man David Byrne co-wrote, composed, directed and stars in this quirky musical journey into the odder side of small-town America. The residents of Virgil, Texas, are a motley crew -- from the woman who's too lazy to get out of bed (Swoosie Kurtz) to the shy man who must advertise for a wife (John Goodman). Byrne serves as our tall-hatted tour guide through the town's sesquicentennial "Celebration of Specialness."
David Byrne, John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Gray, Tito Larriva, Annie McEnroe, Pops Staples
David Byrne
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that True Stories is a quirky musical written and directed by David Byrne, the front man for the band Talking Heads. Byrne encourages viewers to appreciate the oddball characters he highlights and shows how everyone is interconnected. Characters drink socially in some settings. The film is appropriate for all ages, though teens and adults will get the most out of it.

Sexual Content

A single man seeks love, and when he finally meets the woman of his dreams, they engage in a warm, though somewhat chaste, kiss.


Not applicable


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The people in True Stories may seem a bit too quirky to be real, but the film is celebrating the odd, the endearing, the honest, and showing how everyone is linked. Parts of the film subtly critique modern consumerism.


Several well-known brands are mentioned by name, including Apple computers and Texas Instruments. It also name-checks some major media companies such as ABC and CBS, and the venerable news show 60 Minutes.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some scenes take place at bars, parties, and social events where people drink wine and other drinks.

  • 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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