A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Despite being a mockumentary, this movie is never mean-spirited; you can tell there's a respect and love for folk music.
Positive Role Models
The characters lampooned here are still made out to be good people, though often really offbeat.
Violence & Scariness
One quick slap upside the head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual humor about the adult film industry; a fake religion where a flame represents a penis; a model-size brothel in a train set, and more. Mickey stays in a motel room where he hears people having sex next door. He mentions how he used to have sex with chamber maids before a show.
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"Hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
The Powerpuff Girls playing in the background of one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug references. Mentions of Mickey's past drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Mighty Wind includes sexual humor with references to the adult film industry, homosexuality, and a sex-change operation. One character starts cross-dressing and others practice a silly religion based on colors. Language is pretty mild, and while these mockumentary subjects can be hilariously absurd, there's nothing mean-spirited in the comedy; a real love of folk music shines through. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Guest movies always get better on the second viewing, and this one may need three, as its best moments are its subtlest. The fabulously constructed songs, for instance, are just one tweak away from the music of the Hootenanny era, where suburban kids sang folk songs written by slaves and hobos so they could feel more "authentic."
There are wonderfully choice moments, such as the riffs by Fred Willard about his brief stint on a sitcom and Ed Begley Jr.'s Yiddish-peppered discussion of putting the broadcast deal together. Steinbloom's son (Bob Balaban) is so obsessed with the details of the event that he literally can't see the forest for the trees -- he interrupts the live broadcast to warn the audience in the theater to be careful not to get scratched by the twigs in the floral arrangements. The reconstruction of the historical material is devilishly meticulous, well worth hitting the pause button.
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