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Still shot from the movie: A Prairie Home Companion.

A Prairie Home Companion

This movie presents a fictitious story revolving around the real radio show A Prairie Home Companion. The script focuses on the often not-so-innocent goings-on backstage during what is supposed to be the very last live broadcast of the weekly show that has run for over thirty years. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 08 Jun 2006
Video Release: 09 Oct 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is A Prairie Home Companion Rated PG-13?


This film lands in the lower end of the PG-13 rating, but parents will still want to be aware of such themes as a young character who comments and writes about suicide. Other adult characters make sexual comments, and one unmarried elderly couple plot to have a sexual interlude in a backstage dressing room. There’s also a heavy helping of female objectification when a man—who is a coworker—raises a pregnant woman’s shirt to reveal her extended belly, and another discusses a woman’s tight dress using various sexual references and innuendo. While some songs feature positive Christian lyrics, “off stage” the dialogue is often negative toward Christians (Texans are also the target of a couple of remarks). Language includes various mild profanities, terms of deity, and a scatological expletive. Various characters are seen smoking, a man keeps a flask of liquor in his desk, and a pregnant woman drinks champagne. A secondary plot entails a death by natural causes, and a corpse is shown.

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