Box art for A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion

comedy, drama


THE FITZGERALD THEATER IS ABOUT TO CLOSE FOR BUSINESS AFTER RADIO STATION WLT IS PURCHASED BY A RICH TEXAN COMPANY, AND THE CAST PREPARES FOR ITS LAST PERFORMANCE.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    59%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Quirky, provocative film about relationships.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this drama explores the idea of death, featuring a metaphorical figure (a woman in a white raincoat who is both an "angel of death" and a dead woman brought to temporary life). One character writes poems about suicide, another dies backstage, asleep in a chair, and others respond with tears on discovering his body (the dead man had arranged for a sexual interlude). The on-stage radio show includes bawdy jokes about sex (mostly using euphemisms) and minor quarrelling between former lovers and sisters. Characters smoke and drink liquor. A cowboy performer holds a prop gun. Mild language (one s-word, some uses of "hell" and "damn"), including sexual and body parts references.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's contemplation of death, as an inevitable transition (characters' deaths as well as the passing of the radio show). How does Lola's initial interest in suicide reflect her own adolescent worries about expectations, as well as her family's knotty emotional history? How does she reconcile with her nervous, distracted mother through their shared love of music and desire for connection?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It sparkles with a magic all its own as an engagingly performed piece of Midwestern whimsy and stoicism. Mr. Altman's flair for ensemble spectacle and seamless improvisation in the midst of utter chaos is as apparent as ever.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Fresh:

- Bob Mondello, NPR.org, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: Nondevotees also should find a home in this agreeable, accessible Companion.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Found some of it funny and charming but given the talents involved I might have hoped for more. Some of the improvs seemed clumsy and I just didn't buy some of the characters. A little too much music?

- brooklynspo, Sunday, December 2, 2007

4 stars

Classic Alman in his final act. Altman in his element, big ensemble cast, dialogue that all speaks at once, flowing camera movements all quintessential Altman. A Parire Home Companion is a tribute to the past and to the career of one of the greatest directors ever to grace the silver screen. Heartwarming storytelling, singing and lots of laughs with a stunning vocal duos by Meryl and Lilly will win you over. In the end a melancholy treasure of the past and a film of true depth. To you Mr Altman RIP.

- smith44, Saturday, June 5, 2010

4 stars

A sweet and delicate ode to past times, memories, and moving on even after death.

- MovieGeek13, Thursday, March 19, 2009