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

Academy Awards


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


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?