Prairie Home Companion, A
Source: Catholic News Service
Leisurely paced, virtually plotless fictional riff on radio raconteur Garrison Keillor's long-running series as Keillor (playing himself) presents his "final" show, with top-liners including singing sisters (Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin) and cowboy (Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly) acts, while 1940s sleuth Guy Noir (Kevin Kline), a mysterious femme fatale (Virginia Madsen) and a shadowy figure (Tommy Lee Jones) weave throughout the action. Fans of Altman will appreciate the trademark multicharacter canvas, and naturalistic setups (with lots of overlapping dialogue), used to mourn the passing of a gentler age. The country-styled tunes are a highlight. Some brief crude humor, mild irreligiosity, some innuendo and risque song lyrics, and an instance of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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