Rating: A-III (PG-13)
NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Musical adventures of a likable lunkhead (Rainn Wilson) who, 20 years after being dumped by his band mates just before they catapulted to stardom, gets a second chance at fame when he joins a group made up of his socially challenged nephew (Josh Gad), a too-cool-to-smile guitarist (Emma Stone) and an angst-ridden singer-songwriter (Teddy Geiger), his bond with the last being strained by a budding romance with the lad’s mother (Christina Applegate). Director Peter Cattaneo’s sporadically funny comedy touches on themes of maturity and reconciliation and, though its values are somewhat hedonistic, this is largely a matter of talk, since Mom goes on tour as chaperone. Brief rear nudity, nonmarital cohabitation, sexual and scatological humor, one use of the f-word and some crass language, and drug and venereal disease references. 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.