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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.
Why Is A Prairie Home Companion Rated PG-13?
A Prairie Home Companion is rated PG-13 for risque humor.
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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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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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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.