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post #1 of 14
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http://www.ifc.com/films?aId=18020

I saw this documentary last night about the MPAA, and how it has lasting effects on the films that we watch. Several things upset me, but one is at the very least worth mentioning. We are the only country that has a ratings board for our movies that is secret. In other words, no one knows who is placing the ratings on films, and they have little to no oversight.

Do you think the rating system for movies works?
post #2 of 14
No, I don't trust the ratings on today's movies. Thats why I go here:

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/articles.php

or here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/
post #3 of 14
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No, I don't trust the ratings on today's movies. Thats why I go here:

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/articles.php

or here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/
See, I'm glad I'm not the only one who things so. Even though you and I may see films for different reasons I still think there is a major problem with the way films are rated today.

Also, I still don't understand how Poltergeist got a PG rating. My parents trusted that and let me watch it at 7. I didn't sleep for a month!
post #4 of 14
I don't go to the movies at all. There isn't anything really worth seeing. My DK's will go once every 4-5 months AFTER I review it on a Christian Review website.

I do not trust the ratings of TODAY. IMHO, TV, the movies and the fashion industry are owned and operated by the wicked one.
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I don't go to the movies at all. There isn't anything really worth seeing.


Try dating someone who was/is an aspiring screen writer. :
He says that most of the movies are so predicable that he can (and does) tells me what happens. The only movies he's watched that he likes (from the past 2 years) are:

Good night and good luck
Saw I & II (he was so PO'd after 3 that he wrote it off).
The Departed


I think that's it. So we don't attend movies based on ratings. We attend them based on whether or not he can predict the end and still be entertained.
post #6 of 14
"3:10 To Yuma" is great.
post #7 of 14
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"3:10 To Yuma" is great.
I'm not a huge fan of westerns, but I'll put that one on my Netflicks list.
post #8 of 14
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Also, I still don't understand how Poltergeist got a PG rating. My parents trusted that and let me watch it at 7. I didn't sleep for a month!
My son was eight and he still talks about watching that 23 years later.
post #9 of 14
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Also, I still don't understand how Poltergeist got a PG rating. My parents trusted that and let me watch it at 7. I didn't sleep for a month!
Same thing with my brother. He watched all of those 70s horror flicks. Thanks to him I was 17 before I could watch a horror flick

Something about his fear of glowing red eyes of a pig that kept him sleepless for 3 months (Amityville Horror).
post #10 of 14
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Try dating someone who was/is an aspiring screen writer. :
He says that most of the movies are so predicable that he can (and does) tells me what happens. The only movies he's watched that he likes (from the past 2 years) are:
lol that is me, the reason is 99% of all movies are written to forumla now.
and screend for that feel good felling. If the movies are taken from book, they will mess it up.

now for the main thread
As for rating board, all they do is make a guess as to what is adult or kid.

AS Poltergeist pg(means adult needs to make the choice) , yea, there is no sex, no nudity, no blood , i dont remember any swearing.. but you should not have watched that at 7 years of age.
but that is not the rating boards fault
post #11 of 14
I don't know about movies, but did you know that the ratings for computer games are determined by 3 people?! I was really stunned when I found that out. But I got that information directly from ESRB, the corporation responsible for rating games. I can't believe that 3 people determine what is and isn't acceptable for kids and they don't take into account the fact that the game is played online which means that kids have dealings with adult strangers. They go purely by game content, nothing more.

So far as the ratings that end up on movies goes, I think society has become so desensitized that what is rated "Mature" or "PA" now, would have been rated "R" not even 15 years ago.

For example take "Lord of the Rings", those movies were rated "PA", but they were so violent. Mass killing, Blood, heads cut off, torcher ... if I had kids there would be no way I would have let them see those movies, yet there are a handful of people sitting in a private theater determining that those movies are suitable for kids so long as parents go with them.

So no, I don't really think that the ratings are working, but they are in accordance to what society seems to be dictating at this time.... basically that violence and killing is acceptable.
post #12 of 14
I actually read an article once talking about how ratings have changed because they want to make money off of kids going to see these movies. Like, a movie is PG13 (nobody under 13 can go see it without an adult) as long as there's no nudity, and they don't say the F or S words.

There can be tons of violence, but no nudity or F or S word? PG13!
post #13 of 14
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Also, I still don't understand how Poltergeist got a PG rating. My parents trusted that and let me watch it at 7. I didn't sleep for a month!
At the time Poltergiest came out (1982) there was no PG-13 rating, which came in 1984, so there was just PG or R, so they had to choose one or the other. Apparently, it was originally Rated R, but then the studio successfully appealed. Good movie.



My parents really didn't care about the rating systems. Until my sister and I were about 10 they had seen the movies themselves and determined from that whether we could watch them or not. After age 10, we could basically watch anything we wanted unless my parents felt that it was really inappropriate. Also, if I wanted to see an R rated movie, I could get either my mom or dad to take me. This worked out fine for my family.

Well, except for a few instances, like whe my mom and I went to go see Seven in the theater when I was 12. It didn't give me nightmares, but holy ! My mother and I both decided that we never needed to see that movie again! (I actually did see it again at 15, and by that point it wasn't as bad.)

Rating systems drive me nuts because, to me, it seems like it just allows parents to be lazy and let the ratings do their parenting for them.

Tricia
post #14 of 14
I just view the Rating system as a "guideline" rather than a "tell all".

I think if parents are truely concerned about what their kids see, then they will take the time to familiarize themselves with the storyline.
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