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Robin Williams appears to be cast in the perfect role -- a politically irreverent talk show host named Tom Dobbs who succumbs to his fans' requests to run for president of the United States. But the scriptwriters strike out when they throw the comedian (and the audience) a curve ball by having his character run a serious campaign and try to turn the movie's plot into a political thriller.
Why Is Man of the Year Rated PG-13?
Man of the Year is rated PG-13 for language including some crude sexual references, drug related material, and brief violence
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It takes a celebrity to set the political system straight—or at least that’s the Hollywood point of view in this film about a comedian who decides to run for the White House… and wins. This satirical movie’s script uses many sexual and religious (mainly Jewish and Catholic) jokes to make light of serious topics. It also delves into a more serious subplot about a woman attacked in her home and injected with a mix of potent drugs. Later, she is stalked by men wanting to keep her quiet. Some mild and moderate profanities are included along with one use of a sexual expletive. A main character frequently smokes and says he has done so since he was seven, however his health suffers because of this habit. Social drinking is depicted.
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One celebrity who has moved from the silver screen to a political career is Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California. His movie roles have ranged from the violent Terminator franchise to the child-targeted Christmas film Jingle All the Way.
A man’s dream of a political career is chronicled in the classic Citizen Kane. Robin Williams took on a serious role as a teacher in the movie Dead Poets Society. Barry Levinson, who directed this film, also dabbled with the effects of media on the family in the film Avalon.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Although the scanty bonus extras would hardly win any awards for quantity of material, the DVD release of Man of the Year does provide two featurettes: Commander and Chief and Robin Williams - A “Stand Up” Guy. Available in either wide or full screen presentations, both versions offer audio tracks in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.