A Prairie Home Companion parents guide

A Prairie Home Companion

Overall C+

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.

Release date June 8, 2006

Violence A-
Sexual Content C
Profanity C+
Substance Use C

Why is A Prairie Home Companion rated PG-13? The MPAA rated A Prairie Home Companion PG-13 for risque humor.

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A Prairie Home Companion
Rating & Content Info

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Why is A Prairie Home Companion rated PG-13? A Prairie Home Companion is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for risque humor.

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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A Prairie Home Companion
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language
Alberta PG
Manitoba PG Coarse Language.
Ontario PG Not Recommended for Young Children
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

A Prairie Home Companion is directed by and stars Garrison Keillor, Meryl Steep, Lily Tomlin, John C. Riley, Woody Harrelson.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of A Prairie Home Companion movie is October 9, 2006. Here are some details…

DVD Notes: A Prairie Home Companion
DVD Release Date: 10 October 2006

Tune-in to the DVD release of A Prairie Home Companion and you’ll hear a commentary by director Robert Altman and actor Kevin Kline, as well as see some deleted scenes (with optional commentary). Also included on the disc are: Come Play With Us (a featurette), Onstage at the Fitzgerald (extended musical performances and advertisement segments), a soundtrack preview (jump to songs in the film) and the film’s trailer. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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