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Still shot from the movie: Shine A Light.

Shine A Light

Rolling Stones fans get a backstage pass to the rock band's 2006 performance at New York City's Beacon Theater thanks to this concert documentary directed by Martin Scorsese. Along with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and drummer Charlie Watts, there are also guest performances by Jack White, Christina Aguilera and Buddy Guy. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: A
Sexual Content: B
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Theater Release: 03 Apr 2008
Video Release: 28 Jul 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Shine A Light Rated PG-13?


This bulk of this movie is a concert presented by the Rolling Stones in 2006. Directed by Martin Scorsese, there are brief documentary clips and historic footage interspersed amongst the songs. While we are not detailing all of the lyrics, the major concerns for parents will be the impromptu inclusion of at least five sexual expletives and a few other profanities, as well as Keith Richards’ near constant smoking of cigarettes on stage. Some songs sing of the joys of drugs, alcohol and sexual relationships. Some female singers wear low-cut costumes and Mick Jagger dances erotically during a couple of musical numbers and appears to enjoy bearing his hairy sixty-something navel… ahem!

Of Special Note:

During its preliminary release, this movie is only playing in large-screen theaters (such as IMAX). Some people may experience motion sickness from the hand-held cameras and oversized screen. Strobe light effects are also included.

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