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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

MPAA Rating

PG

Cast

Funk Brothers

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Synopsis

Ever wonder what made that Motown sound so distinctive? This documentary looks at the The Funk Brothers, a group of session musicians who gave birth to many hit songs and artists' careers, but who somehow never managed to receive any of the fame or recognition they deserved. If you like to listen to Motown, or think you know anything about popular music, you owe it to these guys to hear their story.

Content Details

Why Is Standing in the Shadows of Motown Rated PG?

Standing in the Shadows of Motown is rated PG

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Overall: A

Ever wonder what made that Motown sound so distinctive? This documentary looks at the The Funk Brothers, a group of session musicians who gave birth to many hit songs and artists’ careers, but who somehow never managed to receive any of the fame or recognition they deserved. If you like to listen to Motown, or think you know anything about popular music, you owe it to these guys to hear their story.

Violence: A-

Musicians recount an experience about a miserly club owner who put a gun on the table (as a subliminal threat) while negotiating their wages; in turn each of them in turn also pulled out guns and placed them on the table. A man pretends to be a mortician, and scares unwanted visitors away by offering to show them how he uses his saw and bone-crusher tool. Documentary contains some archival footage of anti- war demonstrations, riot police, and solders (some who are wounded).

Sexual Content: B

Still pictures of a scantily dressed exotic dancer known as “Lottie the Body” are shown. A story about a drummer mentions him looking at a nudie magazine instead of sheet music.

Language: B-

At least: 11 mild and 2 moderate profanities, as well as 3 terms of Deity used as expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B-

Alcohol and drug addiction are mentioned. A couple of the band members’ deaths are attributed to substance abuse. Cigarette smoking is seen on a couple of occasions.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

On a car trip, a man who purposely tries to annoy his friends by eating rancid pig feet, gets dropped off on the side of the road   on a very cold winter night. The lyrics to a song talk about dysfunctional families and life situations, as well as spending time in jail.

 

Canadian Movie Ratings

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SK
Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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DVD Extras: Some of the content does include additional mild profanities. The dinner interview mentions gambling, cheating, and possession of drugs. An abstract nude painting in shows up in the background of a lot of shots.

Also included are three short unrelated films featuring BMW cars in very violent situations (ie: a kidnapping, attempted murder, a suicide, gunfire etc.)

 

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