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The Soloist


Apr 24, 2009

Latest Home Video

Aug 04, 2009

MPAA Rating



Jamie Foxx
Robert Downey Jr.
Catherine Keener.


2009 Paramount/Dreamworks

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An unlikely friendship develops between Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), a Los Angeles reporter, and an exceptionally talented but homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx). Hoping to help the amazing musician (as well as his own career), the journalist writes a series of articles about the former Juilliard student. But the media attention has mixed results for both of them. The movie is based on a true story.

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Why Is The Soloist Rated PG-13?

The Soloist is rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.

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Dealing with the plight of homeless people, this film portrays street fights that occasionally result in bloody injuries and threatening behaviors, along with alcohol and illegal drug use. Police conduct a raid on the homeless after a man is beaten. A pool of blood is seen on the street. A man is nearly hit by a car. People are shown sleeping on the streets or in makeshift shelters. A man suffers facial lacerations after falling from his bike. A car is set on fire and the sounds of a riot are heard. One man attacks another, hitting and kicking him. Prescription drugs are discussed. Characters are seen smoking. A woman is depicted as being drunk. Characters drink on several occasions, often to relieve stress. A man slips in urine during a medical test. Later he spills animal urine on himself. Mental illness and paranoia are portrayed. The script includes two sexual expletives, numerous profanities and scatological slang terms.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Coarse Language.
AB PG Disturbing Content, Coarse Language, Not Recommended for Children.
MB PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Disturbing Content.
ON PG Mature Theme, Not Recommended for Young Children

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of The Soloist...

Home Video Release Date: 4 August 2009

The Soloist débuts on DVD with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French and Spanish). It is accompanied by the following bonus extras:

- Deleted Scene.

- Commentary by director Joe Wright.

- Featurettes: An Unlikely Friendship: Making the Soloist, Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez, One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles and Beth’s Story.

The Soloist also performs on Blu-ray in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (French and Spanish). This edition is accompanied by:

- Deleted Scenes.

- Theatrical Trailer (in HD).

- Commentary by director Joe Wright.

- Featurettes (in HD): An Unlikely Friendship: Making the Soloist, Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez, One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles, Beth’s Story and Juilliard Piece.

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