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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.

Director:

Mark Waters

Writer:

Jay Martel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Priestley ... Charlie Burner
Mariel Hemingway ... Tipper Gore
Dee Snider ... Dee Snider
Deborah Yates Deborah Yates ... Pamela Stone
Lois Chiles ... Susan Baker
Tim Guinee ... John Denver
Deborah Jolly ... Shirley
Lee Burns ... Andrew Norris
John S. Davies ... Sen. John Curtis
Griffin Dunne ... Frank Zappa
Jim Beatty Jim Beatty ... Al Gore
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Senator Sam
Gail Cronauer ... Sen. Paula Hawkins
Joe Berryman ... Donald Bean
David Born ... James Baker
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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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Taglines:

Censorship is a dirty word.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Music

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PMRC See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The end credits state none of Frank Zappa's albums received a Parental Advisory sticker, when in fact "Jazz From Hell" (ironically a purely instrumental album) was tagged with a Parental Advisory warning by the distributor. See more »

Quotes

Frank Zappa: So, you want to tell me why you're bending over for the Censor Sorority?
Charlie Burner: They're just a group of concerned parents that are exercising their freedom of speech.
Frank Zappa: Uh huh, yeah, sure, they might even have a point, I mean there's a lot of stuff I wouldn't want my kids listening to, Rick Springfield for example, but they've crossed the line, Charlie, with their connections there's no telling where this is going to end.
Charlie Burner: We're talking about labels, not censorship.
Frank Zappa: Oh come on, Charlie, we know how this ...
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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 »

Soundtracks

Gimme More
(uncredited)
Written by Paul Stanley & Vinnie Vincent
Performed by Joe Berryman
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Point of this Wonderful movie will be Lost on most
1 March 2003 | by Lord GarthSee all my reviews

This was a great movie about censor ship and generation gaps. Unfortunately I think the point of this movie will be lost on most people. Those Senate hearings happened in 1985, that is close to 20 years ago now. Basically a full generation has passed. But it doesn't matter, there will still be people that will complain about todays music and movies and how everything is corrupting the children. Back in the 80's it was Prince, Twisted Sister, Cyndi Lauper, 2 Live Crew, and NWA. Today it's Eminem, DMX, Christina Aguilera, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails.

Every generation laughs at the pop culture of the previous generation, and every generation despises the pop culture of the next. Back in the 80's people accused kids of hanging out at the mall, wasting time infront of video games and school violence. It's the same thing today. Things never change. People just get older and more mature, but generations don't change.

Again, I bet the message of this fantastic film will be lost on most. To quote The Simpsons, there are too many people running around with the---"What about the children!? Has anyone thought how this will effect the children!? My God what about the children!!!!?" Thinking about the children is fine, but this fantastic movie shows the hyporicsy of certain "moralistic grown ups". The Silent Generation despised the Elvis and Beatles music of the Baby Boomers. And the Baby Boomers like Al and Tipper Gore hated the Generation Xers. Now those Gen X kids from 1985 condem the pop music of Gen Y.


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