The story of the 1985 Senatorial hearings to place "Warning: Parental Advisory" labels on music albums with "obscene" lyrics and themes - and the rockers who tried to fight it.

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The story of the 1985 Senatorial hearings to place "Warning: Parental Advisory" labels on music albums with "obscene" lyrics and themes - and the rockers who tried to fight it.

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Censorship is a dirty word.

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Trivia

Dee Snider's speech before the Senate is, word for word, the exact same speech he gave during the real Senate hearings in 1985. See more »

Goofs

Tipper Gore says she was dancing with her kids to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy", and comments on the lyrics of the next song, "Darling Nikki". Both songs appear on the soundtrack to Purple Rain, but the songs are tracks 1 and 5; they are not consecutive. See more »

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Frank Zappa: Alright, we don't have much time, so I'm just going to give you the condensed version. Every few years rock becomes the whipping boy for some politicians looking to make an easy score. This is before they started to crop Elvis's pelvis. Dean Martin, banned from radio in 1951, "Wham Bam, Thank You Ma'am" his song was thought to be too suggestive. I always thought it was about a lady carpenter, doesn't matter, they decided for me. Oh, this is a good one, "Louie Louie", the FBI and the FCC spent ...
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits, the movie cuts back and forth between the video for the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and shots of the movie's cast and crew dancing and singing along with the song. See more »

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Better than I expected (more than the usual VH1 movie dramatization)
22 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While Warning: Parental Advisory lags when it focuses on the worries and quandaries of the character played by Jason Priestly (he seems like the only character not based on fact in this movie), it gives more than you'd think. Griffin Dunne transforms amazingly into Frank Zappa and plays it with a great deal of realism, along with some lone clichés, and humor. Dee Snider plays himself, and I wasn't covering my eyes, and whoever played John Denver didn't do that bad of a job either. Even Mariel Hemmingway gets props for playing the strident and uptight Tipper Gore who headed the PMRC. These characters come together, more or less, to enact the events that came about in the mid-80's due to rock content. When it makes its points, they are made with a degree of corniness, and also poignancy. Possibly the only good VH1 movie to date. B+


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