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post #1 of 16
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I have never posted in this section before, so I am not sure if this has been posted before or not. But I have been thinking about this and was wondering what you all thought.

They rate movies differently then they used to. What passes for a PG13 movie would have been a rated R movie a while back. Do you think movies are rated properly? IMO there are so many rated PG13 movies that I would never let my 13 year old watch. Sometimes they show a little too much and IMO some of them should be rated R. I went to the movies with DH and his Grandfather and picked out a movie that we didn't know much about. It was PG13 so we figured it would be ok. But there were so many girls that were half naked and stuff like that, that it was embarrissing to watch with Grandpa! We decided to even leave the theater and go to a different one. What do you all thnk about movies? What should they let pass and what should be kept a rated R movie? Do you think if there is nudity in a movie it should be rated R? What if it is just partial nudity? I would really like your TRUE opinions on this subject! Just being curious! Tell me what you think!!
post #2 of 16
I personally have no problem with children viewing people half-naked (or even naked) in movies. The kissing would probably just gross them out anyways.

Personally, I'd be more careful about the violence in the movie and the kind of message it sends. I also think that advertisement aimed at children (and product placement, merchandizing) is a lot more harmful than a little nudity.

But to answer your question, I think it's normal that ratings change because people's tolerance change. I personally don't pay much attention to ratings. If I had kids, maybe I would, but I wouldn't take them at face value.
post #3 of 16
I think it all depends on how and why, the nudity is done.
I remember, the first nude/sex i ever saw in a movie was in dear hunter.
years later my mother had told me she wanted to send me out. Lets take a movie that i just saw, eyes wide shut. TO me that whole movie was pointless, and the nude shots where just there, to try and make the movie sexual thing,
but really served no purpose.

i think we assume are kids, or someone older may find it embarrissing,
For kids its cause maybe someone does not want to have answer the questions that my follow. For somene older, it maybe be cause we no longer see that person as sexual?,

lol anywa i just woke up and a i am sure this is making no sense.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by marie-p View Post
I personally have no problem with children viewing people half-naked (or even naked) in movies. The kissing would probably just gross them out anyways.

Personally, I'd be more careful about the violence in the movie and the kind of message it sends. I also think that advertisement aimed at children (and product placement, merchandizing) is a lot more harmful than a little nudity.

But to answer your question, I think it's normal that ratings change because people's tolerance change. I personally don't pay much attention to ratings. If I had kids, maybe I would, but I wouldn't take them at face value.
I agree!

Also, movie ratings have never been that good anyway. When Poltergeist came out for the first time it was rated PG (this was pre PG-13) and it shouldn't have been. That movie made me sleep with the lights on for over a month AND it was a Disney production company!

What's good now is there are many family websites that will review a movie for parents and let them know if it's okay to watch.
post #5 of 16
I must confess that I often check out the reviews on ChristianAnswers http://christiananswers.net/ not because I'm a Christian but that the reviews are often very well written and let me know whether the movie may be of interest to me (their review of V for Vendetta was spot on- quoting the original authors ideas and view of the movie). I have no children so the ratings system doesn't bother me- what does upset me is that I feel the ratings system often forces producers to tone down their initial ideas so that their movie can be seen by the majority of filmgoers
post #6 of 16
The ratings system only really bothers me personally because I get fed up of sitting in a cinema alongside a load of small kids who have absolutely no ability whatsoever to sit still for 5 minutes let alone 2hrs +, and completely spoil the movie for me. A lot of parents take them along because they can. We used to have a 12 rating which meant that kids under 12 couldn't see it, but that was altered to 12A which means that kids under 12 can see it but have to be accompanied by an adult. Fine in theory because it leaves the decision with the parent, but it does mean that you get families with several kids going to see a film that's totally unsuitable for the younger kids and and so they end up messing about, changing seats, talking etc. all the way through which I don't think is very fair on other movie goers.

I do agree that ratings have changed a lot over the years. You seem to be able to get away with a heck of a lot of violence and swearing in a 15 movie now.
post #7 of 16
I think they're like clothing sizes. They change to meet the times needs.
post #8 of 16
I think the movie ratings did change and allow more to be seen by the younger generation. I think the movies of today are worthless, at least 97% of them. I would do what the previous poster said and check out the christian movie review before walking into a 'movie' theater. Young children, even at 13 should not view 97% of the movies today, they are simply not moral.
post #9 of 16
Stephen King wrote a great opinion piece about how this works- ie is relatively tame movies get an R, but ultra gory movies like LOTR get PG-13. I think his opinions have merit. His article, "The Rating Game" is here:

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,595367,00.html
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
I think the movie ratings did change and allow more to be seen by the younger generation. I think the movies of today are worthless, at least 97% of them. I would do what the previous poster said and check out the christian movie review before walking into a 'movie' theater. Young children, even at 13 should not view 97% of the movies today, they are simply not moral.
Now would you have a problem with a 12 year old seeing Schindler's List? That's rated R, has graphic violence, nudity, but has a fantastic moral.

(Please don't take that question as an attack the tone is meant as where you would draw your line)
post #11 of 16
Maybe not a 12 year old to see Schindlers List, maybe 15 up.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
Maybe not a 12 year old to see Schindlers List, maybe 15 up.
See the best part of movies like that is not only can you watch it with your child but then you can start some deep conversations about morality and ethics. I remember my Mom taking me to see that film in the theaters and us talking about it for ages.

I can see your point about 15 and up though.
post #13 of 16
To be honest I pay very little attention to ratings.
post #14 of 16
You know, here we are discussing how much nudity and violence is now allowed in PG-13 movies, and how they do draw the line and basically threaten directors with ratings and make them compromise their vision. But have you heard what the movie industry is talking about? Smoking. Yes, that's right - smoking. And excessive or "glamorized" smoking could be enough to warrant an R rating. So, it's OK to shoot up everything on the screen, but if the good guy smokes a cigarette that could be the thing that morally corrupts the children. Gimme a break!

Ratings are all arbitrary and the decisions are made by committee. Those are the two worst ways to make decisions about anything.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
Ratings are all arbitrary and the decisions are made by committee. Those are the two worst ways to make decisions about anything.
There was a documentary called This File is Not Yet Rated which exposed the whole farce. The committee members are secret and there is no understanding of how they come up with their ratings. It did make enough of a stink that the MPAA is doing some reforms.

I loved this comment:

The boys from “South Park†had it right when one of their characters said, “Just remember what the MPAA says: “Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don’t say any naughty woids.â€

But I also think that some parents don't do enough to investigate a movie. I have seen kids 10 and younger at movies that are way too above them. It won't hold their attention for 5 minutes let alone 2 hours. Which causes grief for the rest of us (for example, a 5-year old at "The Queen"?)
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by esrgirl View Post
...but ultra gory movies like LOTR get PG-13...[/url]
Lord of the Rings was ultra-gory? I guess I just don't see that.

We don't pay much attention to ratings. Our daughter saw all the LOTR movies and Episodes I, II, and III of Star Wars when she was eight. I didn't know Anakin was going to have his limbs cut off and catch on fire; that was a bit much. But she already knew about it from playing the Star Wars Legos game. I wouldn't want her to see any psychological thrillers so young, but nudity and sci-fi/fantasy aren't a big deal to us.
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