Daltry Calhoun
PG-13
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -1 1/2

In Ducktown, Tenn., Daltry Calhoun (Johnny Knoxville) is responsible for the small town’s only claim to fame: TV ads promoting the sod he has developed for golf courses. Flashing a big grin, he exhorts viewers to “get high on grass – the legal kind!” His commercials have attracted the attention of ex-girlfriend May (Elizabeth Banks) and their teenage daughter, June (Sophie Traub), whom he abandoned. But Daltry is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. May is dying and wants Daltry to accept responsibility for June, a precocious and musically talented 14-year-old. Father and daughter struggle through awkward times but gradually develop a bond of love and affection. With the help of Flora (Juliette Lewis), a young widow with feelings for Daltry, June makes plans for her big audition for a musical scholarship. The plot is kind of corny but the characters are likable, keeping the movie enjoyable.

Daltry has worked hard to make something of his life and has taken pride in giving back to the community. He regrets his youthful mistakes and accepts responsibility for June and opens his home and his heart to May, giving her peace of mind. He treats his employees with respect and gives a retarded man, Doyle (David Koechner), responsibilities of caretaker. June befriends Doyle and, when she discovers he can’t read, she teaches him. The young teenager develops a crush on her father’s business partner, Frankie (Kick Gurry), and asks him questions about kissing and sex after drinking some beer. Frankie wisely refuses to take advantage of her curiosity and sends her home. Flora openly pursues Daltry, who finally gives in to her advances. There is sex implied as they fumble around in a pantry. Overall, Daltry Calhoun is about the generosity of a small town welcoming strangers, redemption and friendship. Crude language, plus some strong profanity and obscenities add to Preview’s negative rating for acceptability.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Miramax Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: Many (12 times) – mild (hell 2); moderate (other 1); strong (-ss 9)
Obscene Language: Several (9) times – moderate (s-ck 1, cr-p 3, other 1); strong (s-word 4)
Profanity: Few (2) times – strong (GD 1, J 1)
Violence: Few times – mild (two men fight briefly over woman, woman throws man out of house)
Sexual Intercourse: Once – mild (implied – unmarried couple behind closed door with noises)
Nudity: Few times – mild (woman in revealing underwear tries to seduce man, woman in bubble bath)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times – mild (young teenager asks adult male to show her how to French kiss and asks questions about his past relationships, girl complains about body not developing sexually, woman tries to seduce man)
Drug Abuse: Few times – moderate (teenager gets drunk and then sick from drinking beer)
Other: Father takes care of dying mother of his daughter and establishes loving home for his daughter, girl befriends retarded man and teaches him to read, retarded man helps depressed teenager grieve over mother’s death
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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