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Warning: Parental Advisory (2002)

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.







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlie Burner
... Tipper Gore
... Dee Snider
Deborah Yates ... Pamela Stone
... Susan Baker
... John Denver
... Shirley
... Andrew Norris
... Sen. John Curtis
... Frank Zappa
Jim Beatty ... Al Gore
Richard Dillard ... Senator Sam
... Sen. Paula Hawkins
... Donald Bean
... James Baker


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.


Drama | Comedy | Music


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21 April 2002 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music store depicted in the film is the interior of Sound Exchange, located at 1846 Richmond Avenue in the Montrose District in Houston, Texas. The "Sound Exchange" banner seen before the movie's end is actually the real banner used at the original location, at 1718 Westheimer, before the record store moved to its current location in 1997. See more »


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 »


Al Gore: Mr. Snider, what is the name of your fan club?
Dee Snider: The SMF Friends of Twisted Sister.
Al Gore: And uh, what does SMF stand for, uh when it's spelled out?
Dee Snider: The Sick Mother Fucking Friends of Twisted Sister.
Al Gore: Is this also a Christian group?
Dee Snider: I don't believe that profanity has anything to do with Christianity, thank you.
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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 »


Eat Me Alive
Written by El Duce, Eric Carlson, Jeff Dahl, Steve Broy
Performed by Judas Priest
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Better than I expected (more than the usual VH1 movie dramatization)
22 April 2002 | by 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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