Purple Rain Movie Poster
  • Released
  • June 12, 1987
  • R, 1 hr 51 min
  • Drama
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • 1,000 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Purple Rain is a 1984 semiautobiographical semi-concert film that now serves as a time capsule tribute to the late pop star Prince. The era is one of costumed excess -- big shoulders, big hair, and androgynous men in eye makeup, tight pants, and high heels -- and unabashed sexual references. Female guitarists wear lace garters on stage. Prince performs sweaty and shirtless. On-stage dances include sexually suggestive moves and an instance of simulated oral sex. Naked breasts are shown, and a couple engages in clothed foreplay with suggested intercourse. The back story features the cycle of domestic violence and its effects on the next generation. A violent and depressed character attempts suicide offscreen. Expect to hear "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "faggot," and "ass."

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