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"I SAW THE LIGHT"
(2016) (Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen) (R)


Alcohol/Drugs Extreme
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Extreme
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A rising country music star must contend with his behavior that threatens both his career and the relationships he has with various women in his life.
PLOT:
It's the 1940s and Hank Williams (TOM HIDDLESTON) is a young country music performer who has his own radio show in Alabama, thanks in part to the efforts by his manager-mother, Lillie (CHERRY JONES), to further his career. She clashes with Hank's new wife, Audrey (ELIZABETH OLSEN), but both want to help him reach his goal of one day performing at the Grand Ole Opry. An executive there, Jim Denny (WILL BEINBRINK), says Hanks needs to follow protocol to make such an appearance and suggests he team up with producer Fred Rose (BRADLEY WHITFORD) to hone his act.

Hank does just that, but as the years pass by, his drinking and womanizing ways put a strain on his relationship with Audrey. That eventually results in their split and him moving in with country music star Ray Price (VON CLEVE LEWIS) and starting to see Bobbie Jett (WRENN SCHMIDT).

Despite her ending up pregnant by him, Hank has already set his eyes on young Billy Jean Jones Eshliman (MADDIE HASSON) who eventually becomes his second wife. During all of that, Hank's career takes off and he becomes a huge star, but a chronic back problem, issues with drinking and other substance abuse, and his womanizing ways threaten to derail his career and his relationships with others.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the real-life Williams, old-school country music, and/or anyone in the cast, they might have some interest.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For some language and brief sexuality/nudity.


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