Warning: Parental Advisory

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According to this irreverent made-for-cable movie, the mid-'80s movement to slap "parental advisory" labels on music videos and albums was fueled by clueless congressional wives and opportunistic hacks. Mariel Hemingway is cast as a sincere but misguided Tipper Gore, who in 1985 declares all-out war upon "dirty" rock lyrics. Her main opponent in this epochal battle is Charlie (Jason Priestley), a cynical lobbyist for the music industry, whose own motives are far less altruistic than Tipper's. Charlie's rock-music allies are a truly eclectic and eccentric bunch, including country & western balladeer John Denver (Tim Guinee), the legendary Frank Zappa (Griffin Dunne), and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider (hilariously playing himself). No one is spared the satiric thrust of Jay Martel's teleplay, least of all Tipper's politically ambitious husband Al Gore (played by Jim Beatty in a manner calculated to make everyone truly happy that the Florida recount went in the opposite direction). A deliciously ironic ending caps Warning: Parental Advisory, which premiered April 21, 2002 on the VH1 cable network.

Cast

Jason Priestley
as Charlie Burner
Mariel Hemingway
as Tipper Gore
Dee Snider
as Himself
Tim Guinee
as John Denver
Griffin Dunne
as Frank Zappa
Lois Chiles
as Susan Baker
Deborah Yates
as Pamela Stone
Jim Beatty
as Al Gore
David Born
as James Baker
Michael Crabtree
as Sen. Danforth
Gail Cronauer
as Sen. Paula Hawkins
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