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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights -- Hollywood to the Heartland

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Source: Catholic News Service

Promising documentary -- ultimately undermined by too much blue humor -- that follows a 2005 comedy tour of the western U.S. organized by Vaughn and featuring four up-and-coming performers (Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco) as well as country singer Dwight Yoakam and other friends of the impresario. Ari Sandel's film provides insight into the comics' family backgrounds and the psychology of stand-up, but showcases the comics' relentlessly vulgar language and explicitly sexual humor. Pervasive rough and crude and much crass language, four uses of profanity, and sexual and scatological jokes. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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