Showing Roots Movie Poster
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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Showing Roots, a Lifetime Television movie, takes place in a small Southern town in 1977, at the same time the original Roots mini-series aired. As the residents of the town of Whynot are amazed nightly by the unfolding story of Alex Haley's family, two young women -- one white, one black -- open a beauty salon and confront both the overt and disguised racism surrounding them. A comedy at its heart, serious issues and messages about standing up to bigotry and striving to achieve one's dreams are incorporated into the light-as-a-feather tale. Expect profanity and racial slurs (i.e., "s--t," "crap," "ass," "bastards," "coons," "coloreds," the "N" word, "honky"), as well as some sexuality (a brief scene in which a couple is seen having sex), and sexual innuendo (regarding masturbation, oral sex). Lots of characters smoke cigarettes in this historical piece; one woman splashes whiskey from a flask into a cold drink. This TV movie first appeared just before the release of the History Channel's award-winning mini-series remake of Roots (2016).

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