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Overall B

Joaquin Phoenix walks the line as Johnny Cash in this biopic about the famous country singer. The script focuses on the pitfalls and pinnacles of the performer's career, including his turbulent temper, battle with addictions and relationship with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon).

Violence B
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency.

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Walk the Line

June has an ability to look beyond Johnny’s addiction and shortcomings. Because of that, how was she able to help him deal with his own destructive behavior? What do you think she sees in him? What role can strong friends play in helping a person overcome problems?

What parental opinions do both Johnny and June have to deal with in the film? How do those views affect the way they perceive themselves? How does each of them respond?

What challenges can accompany success? What are the less glamorous aspects of the music business?

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