A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Musicares is an organization that helps "music people" in times of need. Some of Dolly's songs mention God and talk about religious faith.
Positive Role Models
Dolly is receiving the Musicares award because she's said to embody the organization's "spirit of giving." As a celebrity, she has shown compassion for many, including through her literacy advocacy program. The stars who give spirited performances singing her works in this tribute express their fondness for Dolly. Dolly's music is said to speak universally to audiences by dealing head-on with topics like poverty, heartbreak, and the workforce. Her songs tell stories, often of hardship.
Violence & Scariness
Dolly quotes a line from her movie 9 to 5: "I still got that pistol in my purse and I can still change him from a rooster to a hen with one shot." She says, "I never met a man whose ass I couldn't kick if he didn't treat me with the right respect."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the lyrics to songs talk about romantic attraction and love. Miley Cyrus mentions that her dress is short. Someone mentions "boobs." Dolly cracks a joke that watching musicians is like watching porn: "you're not personally involved, but you still get off on it." She jokes that at her age, she'll take anything she can get and she "really got off" watching the tribute's musicians.
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"Ass," "boobs," "pee," "porn."
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Products & Purchases
Musicares. All things Dolly, including her music, movies, and Dollywood.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are bottles of wine and beer on the audience tables at the ceremony. Cyrus quotes from a song about getting "real high" and says that's her "favorite" part.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dolly Parton: A Musicares Tribute is a 55-minute concert featuring high-profile singers from a range of genres performing Parton's greatest hits. The tribute concert is appropriate for most audiences, despite a couple of racy jokes in closing speeches concerning "getting off" from watching porn and getting "real high." These jokes, from Parton and her goddaughter Miley Cyrus, come across as off-tone from the rest of the affirmative tribute. Musicares is an organization that helps "music people" in times of need. Dolly is receiving the Musicares award because she is said to embody the organization's "spirit of giving." Some of Dolly's lyrics mention God and talk about religious faith, while others deal with universal topics like poverty, heartbreak, and the workforce. As a celebrity, Dolly, has shown compassion for many, including through her literacy advocacy program, which is highlighted in a short documentary reel during the tribute. The diverse stars who sing her works at this concert express their fondness for Dolly. There's mention of "porn" and getting "real high," and other language includes "pee," "boobs," and "ass." Dolly quotes a line from her movie 9 to 5: "I still got that pistol in my purse and I can still change him from a rooster to a hen with one shot." She says, "I never met a man whose ass I couldn't kick if he didn't treat me with the right respect." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This filmed concert could appeal to a variety of audiences thanks to its diverse cast of performers, but the hour-long tribute will primarily draw fans of country music icon Dolly Parton. Some performances in Dolly Parton: A Musicares Tribute are stronger than others, but all are enjoyable and each offers a unique take on the original music. The highlight by far is gospel singer Yolanda Adams' rendition of "I Will Always Love You," Dolly's biggest hit ever, made famous by Whitney Houston and The Bodyguard. As a live tribute, this was probably a lot of fun to attend, evidenced by the audience reaction shots (where we see, among others, Nancy Pelosi).
As a filmed event, the picture has its shortcomings. It's distracting that many of the performers appear to be reading lyrics while singing. Group Little Big Town, introduced as the event's hosts, disappear from the film early on. Dolly's thank-you speech comes across as strangely stilted for such a natural performer and joke-teller. Miley Cyrus's asides -- mid-song about her short skirt ("Sorry, Dad") or in a closing speech affirming she likes getting high -- are unfitting for the occasion. If you're looking for films featuring Dolly's life story or music, there are better options out there, like documentary Dolly Parton: Here I Am.
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