This Film Is Not Yet Rated
MPAA gives ratings to movies.
There are no guidelines.
What crosses the line from R to NC-17? A penis? Masturbating? Homosexual sex?
How does one group of parents without any guidelines or rules determine what a movie should be rated?
Last night we watched the documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which is about the MPAA and the bureaucracy behind it. I never thought all that much about the ratings of movies other than the time I went to see The Bodyguard (as a teenager) and they wouldn’t let me and my friends in because we didn’t have a parent. Have you seen the movie? It ONLY has a few swears in it!
Basically, the deal is…it’s ok to blow someone’s head off with an ax BUT a lesbian scene makes it NC-17. So it’s dangerous for a teenager to see a sex scene but it’s fine to have a movie loaded with violence. What are they so afraid of? Their kids might have sex? Um…there is a very good chance they’ll have sex all on their own.
Here are some things the MPAA finds offensive:
- A penetration scene in Love and Basketball
- Liv Tyler’s character talking about masturbation in Jersey Girl
- Using the term “feltching” in the movie A Dirty Shame even though they didn’t know what it meant
- Showing pubic hair in The Cooler
In the movie Boys Don’t Cry they said the scene where the girl has a very realistic and drawn out orgasm has to be cut down but someone getting shot in the head was ok. I find this concept really disturbing but then I’m not a parent :dunno:
My parents let me watch almost anything I wanted be it PG-13 or R and none of it ever effected me negatively except the movie The Accused where Jodie Foster plays a woman who gets gang raped in a bar. After watching that movie at about age 13 I had nightmares for two weeks. I see how that is something we need to be careful about but a regular sex scene never hurt me.
Before there was Netflix some movies were really hard to find and it was a given Blockbuster wouldn’t have certain titles. I was trying to find the movie Bully and I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I bought it! Fuck you Blockbuster :whosnext:
Definitely check out the documentary if not just to find a bunch of really good movies that you’ve never heard of like But I’m A Cheerleader that is on my Netflix already 😉
Rating: — See this movie muthafucka! :fu: