I was on Wikipedia and found this information on the old movie rating system: 

“Original ratings

The original movie ratings (in use 1968–1970) consisted of:

  • Rated G: General Audiences. All ages admitted.
  • Rated M: Suggested for Mature Audiences. Parental discretion advised.
  • Rated R: Restricted. Persons 16 and under are not admitted unless accompanied by parent or adult guardian.
  • Rated X: Persons 17 and under not admitted.

Originally, the rating system was to have three classification levels ending with Restricted (similar to the rating system used in most Canadian Provinces at the time) however, pressure from theatre owners influenced the MPAA to create a film rating (X) exclusively for adults to protect theatre owners from complaints and legal procedures. Initially, the X rating was not trademarked: under the plan, anyone not submitting his or her film for rating could self-apply the X .”

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Super Bad

December 13, 2007

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Wow! This movie from the previews looked like it was going to be the funniest movie of the century to me. Of course I watched it and I really regret it. I do admit there were really some hysterical parts of the movie that I loved, but it didn’t compensate for the other parts. The movie was so over-the-top with explicit content of words and vile comments about females and other people that I had to fast forward the movie through many parts. I would not recommend watching this movie unless you feel like really infecting your mind with perversive comments and bad intentions.

Keeping people aware

December 13, 2007

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As I’m sure most of you have seen previews for the children’s movie coming out this December called the Golden Compass. I have received a few emails telling people that this is not a good children’s movie, due to the meaning behind the film. Apparently the Author of these books is a very proud atheist and prides his books on undermining and fighting the Catholic church. So for many parents this would not be a good film for their children to watch. Here is a link that will describe the author and his beliefs. But beware of letting you kids read these books and watch the movie. Remember that if you buy a ticket and see this movie you are only supporting and showing your in favor of this type of movie.

If any of you have similar thoughts or hear things about other movies that would not be good for anyone to see, please feel free to post what you can about that film.

http://snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

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I’m sure many of you have either seen or heard about movies in earlier decades, especially in the 1980s, with lower ratings than they should have. One of the more notable films is Sixteen Candles. This film, which is rated PG, has strong language, adult themes and nudity. It surprises many when they watch this movie to learn that it is rated only PG. I had another surprise a few weeks ago. I recently rented Weird Science, another 80s movie with Anthony Michael Hall. The movie was rated PG-13, but, like Sixteen Candles, contained nudity and strong language, which should have pushed it to an R rating. I recently saw a few other 80s movies as well. I watched Footloose, which was filmed in Utah, and Can’t Buy Me Love. Footloose was rated PG, but definitely should be re-rated to PG-13. There are several adult themes, including sexual themes, which are very inappropriate for children. Can’t Buy Me Love, PG-13, has a more appropriate rating, but still deals with adult and sexual themes. Again, this movie would not be appropriate for children. After watching these movies I couldn’t help, but think that the standards for movies were severely different then they are today. These movies stand as examples that even though the rating may be low, the content is still questionable and may be inappropriate for most people.

 

To be completely honest, it’s hard to criticize these movies. I sort of grew up with them and they’re very entertaining!

Best Picture Award Winners

December 10, 2007

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When I was thinking about movie ratings the other day I decided to look up the movies that won an Academy Award for Best Picture over the past 16 years or so. What I discovered was pretty interesting. Out of the 16 award-winners, 10 were rated R and not one was rated anything less than PG-13. I didn’t want to go in to all the nominees because the list would be terribly long, but the majority of them were rated R as well. It is interesting to see what movies are deemed “the best” and what types of values those movies represent. I’m not here saying that any of these movies are bad or shouldn’t win for best picture, but I’m just pointing out a trend in society. Before 1991 there were still rated R movies winning best picture, but it was far less than the past 15 years.

  

2006 – The Departed – R

2005 – Crash – R

2004 – Million Dollar Baby – PG-13

2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – PG-13

2002 – Chicago – PG-13

2001 – A Beautiful Mind – PG-13

2000 – Gladiator – R

1999 – American Beauty- R

1998 – Shakespeare in Love – R

1997 – Titanic – PG-13

1996 – The English Patient – R

1995 – Braveheart – R

1994 – Forest Gump – PG-13

1993 – Schindler’s List – R

1992 – Unforgiven – R

1991 – The Silence of the Lambs – R

Survey

December 10, 2007

Today, I went around and talked to several people about movie ratings and the movie rating system. I cannot give too much away, since this will be used in our final project, but I will say that not a lot of people know where the ratings come from for movies.

So- Here is a question for all those who are commentators, and not one of our blog members-

  • Where do you think the movie ratings come from? (Please just give your gut answer- don’t just look it up to find the right answer)
  • Do you watch R-Rated movies?
  • Why or Why not?

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I realized that we haven’t written a lot about children’s movies, so I thought it might be interesting to compare two animated movies made by Walt Disney Feature Animation.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released in 1996 and was rated G.  Treasure Planet was released six years later in 2002 and was rated PG. 

If you haven’t seen The Hunchback of Notre Dame recently, you might be surprised at the high amount of adult content in it.  It deals with important themes like the battle of good versus evil and the idea that we are all children of God, but it also includes dark scenes delving into the lust a church official feels for a gypsy girl (including a song called “Hellfire”) and featuring violent murders of innocent people.  In contrast, the only potentially offensive material I can remember in Treasure Planet is some fantasy violence. 

I personally prefer The Hunchback of Notre Dame over Treasure Planet, but I would never let my young children watch it.  I feel that the ratings for the two movies, especially when compared with one another, do not accurately portray the content in them.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame should definitely be rated PG.  What do you think?